Dover, Ohio - The Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table is inviting the community to join them next Thursday for a presentation on the funeral procession for President Abraham Lincoln.

Jerry and Marilyn Payn will give a presentation on Lincoln's extensive funeral and burial on Thursday, January 10th, beginning at 7 pm, in the Community Room of the Dover Public Library (525 N. Walnut St.).

Lincoln's funeral train was the first national commemoration of a president's death by rail. Lincoln was observed, mourned, and honored by the citizens of Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the casket, if not the body. It took almost three weeks to get the former president to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, where his casket was moved 12 times.  

Jerry and Marilyn Payn are residents of Wayne County. They have presented on various Civil War-related topics throughout the country for over 19 years, often portraying Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. Jerry Payn is a life member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters. He has visited every location Mr. Lincoln lived during his lifetime and is an extensive collector of Civil War memorabilia.

Meetings of the Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Roundtable are free to attend and open to the public. Each month, the group enlists a different speaker to provide an engaging and informative look at a particular aspect of the Civil War. For more information, contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.


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