Abraham Lincoln Memorial Rug, circa 1870

Summary

President Lincoln's 1865 assassination produced an immediate outpouring of grief. His death linked him with the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who had sacrificed their lives during the Civil War. He also became a symbol of the ideal democratic American who, from humble beginnings, could make something of himself. The imagery on this hooked rug reinforces this notion.

President Lincoln's 1865 assassination produced an immediate outpouring of grief. His death linked him with the hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers who had sacrificed their lives during the Civil War. He also became a symbol of the ideal democratic American who, from humble beginnings, could make something of himself. The imagery on this hooked rug reinforces this notion.

Artifact

Pictorial rug

Date Made

circa 1870

Subject Date

1809-1865

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

68.162.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Burlap
Muslin
Wool (Textile)

Technique

Hooking

Color

Beige (Color)
Black (Color)
Brown
Gray (Color)
Purple
Red

Dimensions

Length: 45 in

Width: 30.5 in

Inscriptions

Hooked on bottom of obverse: A.L. 1809 U.S. '61-65

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