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Replica of Lincoln’s coffin on display at Barboursville library

February 24, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE — A replica of the coffin in which President Abraham Lincoln was buried is on display at the Barboursville Public Library until Wednesday, Feb. 27, in commemoration of the former president’s death.

The 6-foot, 6-inch-long replica is constructed of solid walnut and covered in an expensive black cloth. Four ornate handles and four shamrock designs set in place by silver tacks adorn the sides. The edges are adorned with white fringe and white silk tassels attached by silver star tacks. The interior is lined with white satin.

The only difference between the original coffin and the Batesville replica is the absence of a lead lining, omitted because of its overwhelming weight, according to a news release from Henson and Kitchen Mortuary.

The replica is on loan from the Batesville Casket Co. of Batesville, Indiana. It was constructed for use at funeral home open houses and historical events, such as Civil War events, educational events and re-enactments. Batesville did not construct the original coffin, but used original plans to build the replica.

There will be printed keepsakes available for guests at the library.

On Friday, the coffin was on display at a Civil War event at the Covenant School.

The coffin is sponsored by Henson and Kitchen Mortuary and Batesville Casket Co.