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Library, post office commemorating Lincoln’s funeral train stop

The library and the post office are teaming up to offer a special pictorial postmark in honor of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train’s stop in Buffalo and this year’s 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The public is invited to bring an envelope or postcard to the Central Library at Lafayette Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 or to buy a $12 envelope designed for the occasion by Christian LoGrasso.

The commemorative cancellation stamp reflects the April 14, 1865 assassination of Lincoln, the war’s end that year and the funeral train’s journey. It left Washington, D.C. and went up the East Coast, across New York and Ohio to the last stop in to his hometown in Springfield, Ill., where he was buried.

As the train traveled, thousands of people lined the tracks. In Buffalo, thousands waited for hours along Main Street for the chance to walk by his coffin during the train’s stop here on April 27.

During the past few months, Buffalo and other cities along the funeral route have been marking the anniversary.

The Central Library has original letters and other memorabilia on display from its rare and special collections until July 11. This includes a note to secretary of the treasury reminding him to “make ready” for the trip when Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

For information, call 858-8900 or visit BuffaloLib.org.