TV appearance of Lincoln assassination witness AUG 04 2011
In 1956, 96-year-old Samuel Seymour appeared on a game show called I've Got A Secret...his secret was that he saw Lincoln's assassination when he was five years old.
That blew my mind. (via devour)
Update: That same year, Seymour gave an interview about witnessing the assassination to the Milwaukee Sentinel. His father was an overseer on a Maryland estate and his boss, Mr. Goldsboro needed to travel to Washington to check on "the legal status of their 150 slaves". Seymour got to go along.
It was going on toward supper time -- on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 -- when we finally pulled up in front of the biggest house I ever had seen. It looked to me like a thousand farmhouses all pushed together, but my father said it was a hotel.
[...] When I finally had been rushed upstairs, shushed and scrubbed and put into fresh clothes, Mrs. Goldsboro said she had a wonderful surprise.
"Sammy, you and Sarah and I are going to a play tonight," she explained. "A real play -- and President Abraham Lincoln will be there."
After Lincoln was shot, Seymour saw Booth fall from the balcony and run off.