Church bells will ring to mark 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

The bells on the Cobblestone Universalist Church will ring at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln was shot on April 14 while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. An actor, John Wilkes Booth, shot the president in the back of the head. Lincoln’s death came six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, effectively ending the Civil War.

Churches around the country will ring bells at 7:22 a.m. on April 15 to mark Lincoln’s death. The Cobblestone Society met last night during its board meeting and agreed to have the historic church on Route 104 join the bell-ringing in appreciation of Lincoln’s life.

Other churches are urged to participate.

This statue of Abraham Lincoln looks out over the City of Buffalo from the Buffalo History Museum in this photo from November. Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State, left, and the Richardson Olmsted Complex loom in the background.