Get ready to hear a lot of bells on Sunday.
This weekend, on April 26, Albany City Hall and churches throughout the City will mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in Albany, NY.
Beginning at Noon, the venues will ring their bells for one minute and 50 seconds.
On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated in Washington D.C.; eleven days later, shortly before 11:00 PM, his body arrived in East Albany (now the City of Rensselaer). On April 26, 2015 at 1:15 AM, the New York State Capitol opened its doors to the public for mourners to pay their final respects. At noon that day, Lincoln’s body was removed from the building to the sound of church bells from all corners of the city.
To commemorate the occasion, bells from throughout Albany will ring out at the exact moment they did 150 years ago. Participating places include:
- Albany City Hall (42 Eagle Street)
- St. Mary’s Church (10 Lodge Street)
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (107 State Street)
- St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (160 Central Avenue)
- Blessed Sacrament Church (607 Central Avenue)
- Westminster Presbyterian Church (262 State Street)
- City Harvest Family Church (588 Central Avenue)
- Church of the Immaculate Conception (125 Eagle Street)
- St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (475 State Street)
- Our Lady of the Americas Shrine (273 Central Avenue) – please note they will be participating by ringing chimes inside the church
The event was coordinated by City of Albany Office of Special Events, Albany Archives, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District.