New Springfield museum exhibit has Lincoln hearse medallions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features more than 40 rare Lincoln items, including two silver medallions from the sides of his Springfield hearse. The State Journal-Register reports the exhibit called “A Fiendish Assassination” opened Thursday and will be open through early July. The medallions were thought to have been destroyed along with the hearse in a 1887 fire in St. Louis. One was found in the collection of a library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, while the other was in a private library in Dallas. The exhibit also has the only surviving photo of Lincoln in his coffin, and a part of a towel that’s stained by Lincoln’s blood.