Thursday 27 July 2017

College to unveil rare photo of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration

Abraham Lincoln takes the oath of office on March 4 1861 (Bowdoin College Museum of Art/AP)
Abraham Lincoln takes the oath of office on March 4 1861 (Bowdoin College Museum of Art/AP)

A US college is to unveil a rare photograph of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration from 1861.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, acquired the photo at an auction in October and will unveil it on Thursday.

The picture shows the first US presidential inauguration to be captured by photographers, which took place just six weeks before the start of the American Civil War.

It shows a c rowd gathered around the Capitol to see Lincoln being sworn in.

It is believed to have been taken by Scottish-American photographer Alexander Gardner and is one of only three known copies.

The others are in the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution.

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