Lincoln’s Funeral

by Will Ripes

My name is Gregory and I am originally from southern Mississippi. I grew up on a white person’s farm as a slave with the rest of my family. Once Lincoln became president and put forth the Emancipation Proclamation, me and my family {WHO IS IN YOUR FAMILY?} were all freed from our owner. We didn’t know what to do so we headed north and settled in Pennsylvania.  

When Lincoln became president our lives changed, while he was president everything seemed to be going very well and perfect. My family and I decided that we for sure needed to go to his funeral in Chicago because of what he did for us. The funeral was on a Sunday and we left on a Wednesday. {HOW DID YOU GET THERE?} We arrived in Chicago on Saturday and found a place to set up and sleep. The next morning we went into mid-town where the crowd and everyone wad already getting crazy. My family and I found a great spot up on the top of this tree where we could see everything. When the train arrived the crowd began to become much more intense. We could see Lincoln in his casket being carried to the city rail pulled by the horses. All of this was very sad but also an amazing experience. Looking at all the different people around me who were hurt by Lincoln’s death felt just amazing and it really was a thrilling experience {SAD TOO…?}. From the outside we were able to listen to the funeral ceremony and all pray together. After that we went back to our camp spot, had something to eat and settled down for the rest of the night. The next day we woke up early and explored around Chicago. My family and I were debating on living here and finding jobs. That evening we went back and watched as they lit the surrounding torches. Lincoln was carried out of the city hall in his casket surrounded by the 3,000 or more torches, it looked amazing. We watched as they put him inside the train, and said a final prayer for him as his death to rest in peace. After that my family and I went back to our spot and settled for the night. We decided that we would try to make a living out here in Chicago. Overall the funeral was amazing and it was an experience my family and I will love and remember for the rest of our lives.  

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