‘The Lost Lincoln’ Tests the Authenticity of Lincoln’s Death Bed Photo (VIDEO)
Considered by many to be our country’s greatest leader and one of the most beloved presidents in history, there are only 130 known images of Abraham Lincoln on record. Could a long-lost photo of our 16th President on his death bed exist?
Discovery Channel investigates with the premiere of The Lost Lincoln on Sunday, October 4, as the kick-off to its Undiscovered series.
Credited with ending slavery and leading the nation out of one of our darkest periods, Lincoln’s life and legacy were cut short that fateful night at Ford’s Theater in 1865. Could a photo that was taken of the president in secret after he was shot and remained hidden for more than 150 years, be authentic?
The Lost Lincoln chronicles an investigation by professional authenticator, Dr. Whitny Braun to reveal extraordinary, groundbreaking evidence uncovering whether a newly discovered, secret photograph could be the 131st and final image of President Lincoln.
Her journey to discover the truth takes the viewer from Lincoln’s birthplace in Illinois to halls of the National Archives to the scene of his last moments alive in Ford’s Theater and the Petersen House.
April 14th, 1865 is remembered as one of the greatest tragedies in American history. While much about the events of that evening have been documented in history books and by biographers for decades, the hours spent at Petersen House where President Lincoln would ultimately succumb to his wounds, remain shrouded in mystery.
After learning that an alleged photo of President Lincoln, taken in those final hours, exists, Dr. Braun, a professor of bioethics at Loma Linda University who has authenticated innumerable historical items in her tenure, sets out to prove the image’s authenticity using innovative forensics and facial recognition software, as well as in-sights from renowned historians and Lincoln biographers and scholars.
With access to state-of-the-art technology, and by piecing together a detailed timeline of events with expert insights, the documentary brings to light a piece of evidence with the potential to expose a tragic yet remarkable hour in American history.
Undiscovered: The Lost Lincoln, Premiere, Sunday, October 4, 9/8c, Discovery