Springfield ordinances for Lincoln's funeral unearthed

Apr 25, 2014

Members of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition look through the 150 year old ordinances.
Credit Lee Strubinger / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS
Organizers are getting ready for next year’s anniversary reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. The Coalition received a gift from the City of Springfield, four resolutions the city adopted for the funeral in April 1865.

The ordinances included money to help offset funeral costs, land at Oak Ridge Cemetery for the burial site, and permits for local food vendors. Springfield Deputy City Clerk Rianne Hawkins, a self-proclaimed history buff, says she found the documents in the city vault.

“Being in city government you know that there are processes that the council has to take.  And I naturally assumed that the council took some of those actions when a big event like the funeral was gonna happen.  So, like I said, I was just poking around to see if we had anything and it turns out we did,” says Hawkins.

Copies of the ordinances were digitized and presented to the Lincoln Funeral Coalition. Re-enactments and events around the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral are set for April 2015 in Springfield.