Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.

Booth’s Broken Leg

Photos by Carol M. Highsmith.

The above boot and spur were worn by John Wilkes Booth the night of April 14, 1865. Booth arrived at Dr. Samuel Mudd’s house early the next morning in need of medical care for an injured leg. Mudd cut the boot and removed it from Booth’s swollen ankle. Five days later investigators arrived at Mudd’s house and found the boot.

The medical kit was used by Mudd at the time he administered aid to Booth. Though Mudd protested his innocence, he was sentenced to life in prison; he was pardoned by President Johnson in 1869.