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Grave of John Wilkes Booth

1838-1865 (Green Mount Cemetery) Buried here in February of 1869, four years after his death, John Wilkes Booth's body went through a series of circumstances before ending up in Green Mount Cemetery. Originally inhumed at the Old Penitentiary on the Washington Arsenal grounds, the body was placed in an Army blanket and lowered into a hole that was subsequently covered with a stone slab. Two years later it was exhumed and placed in a wooden box in a locked storeroom at the prison. The government was finally persuaded to release the remains to the Booth family in 1869 where it was viewed in Washington and then Baltimore, before finally being placed in Dogwood Plot #9.

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Taken on March 19, 2011