Date: Jun 20, 2014
With offices only two blocks from Ford’s Theater, the law firm of Keller and Heckman LLP has developed a different evening event for its Summer Associate program. For the last five or six years, the summers have been able to join with partners, associates, and staff on a tour of nearby sites involved in the Lincoln Assassination.
Included in the tour is the intersection of 10th and G Streets, where Lincoln’s son, Robert, fought through the crowd to be with his father when he died; the back lot of the theater, where John Wilkes Booth made his exit after shooting the President; the alley behind the theater where Booth fled the scene; the site of the Herndon House (now the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company), where conspirator Lewis Powell lived; the Patent Office (now the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery) where Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball was held and Walt Whitman and Clara Barton served as nurses when the building was used as a hospital; the Post Office (now the Hotel Monaco) where Samuel Morse set-up his first telegraph operation; all followed by dinner at the Wok and Roll Restaurant in Chinatown (formerly Mary Surratt’s Board House, where the conspirators met).
This year featured a special tour of Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office at 7th and D Streets, NW, by employees of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The site is open three days a week and provides a glimpse into Barton’s remarkable career as well as her life in Washington, D.C., during the 1860’s.
Jack Richards, the partner at Keller and Heckman who conducts the tours, said he “loves to do it. Our summer associates come from the best schools in the country, but many of them really haven’t been exposed to the Lincoln Assassination and what happened within a few blocks of our offices. Once they get a taste, they want to know more.”