Program to Host Historical Display
Ogeechee Technical College
     

The history books will come alive at Ogeechee Technical College, thanks to Batesville Casket Company’s authentic replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin. The Lincoln replica is often requested by funeral directors celebrating new funeral home openings and anniversaries, and by historical museums and Lincoln enthusiasts commemorating Lincoln’s birth and death. The Ogeechee Tech Funeral Service Education (FSE) program will use the display to teach students about funeral service history. Additionally, the College wants to offer an opportunity for the local public to see the replica casket as well, according to Jack Norvell, instructor in the Funeral Service Education program. 

Authentic down to the smallest details, with the exception of head lining and silver plate, Batesville’s replica is 6’ 6” long and made of solid walnut. It is completely covered in black broadcloth with a white satin interior. The outside is adorned with silver colored handles and silver tacks, or pearls, extending the entire length of the coffin’s sides. Lincoln’s original casket included a silver plate in the center of the lid inscribed with Lincoln’s date of birth and death. This plate is not included on the replica.

“We hope history buffs and anyone interested in this unique glimpse into the death of a U.S. President will take advantage of the opportunity to visit campus to see this exhibit,” said Michele Rupar, Funeral Service Education Program Director. The casket, along with other historical funeral service memorabilia, will be available for public viewing in the College’s Occupational Studies Building Boardroom starting Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3, from noon-4 pm each day. There is no charge for entry into the display. All employees and staff are invited to tour the event.

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Contact Information

Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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