Four days before his 203rd birthday, Abraham Lincoln got a present from Ford’s Theatre: An education and leadership center devoted to his legacy.
“Most museums are about things — this place is about ideas,” said outgoing board chair Wayne Reynolds at a dedication ceremony Wednesday for the new center, the final piece of a $60 million remake of the historic theater. The 16th president dropped by the party as well — or rather, lookalike actor David Selby. Also, Vincent Gray, Eric Holder, Ken Salazar, David Rubenstein and other heavyhitters. Mayor Gray took the opportunity, as usual, to make a pitch for D.C. statehood: “I hope that the legacy of Lincoln and what we learn about him will inspire people in District of Columbia to stand up and bring more democracy to our great city.”