Recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
Old Stone Capitol Remembers – Abraham, Martin, & John.
Since it’s inception in 1841, the Old Stone Capitol in Iowa City has been a gathering place for Iowa Citians. So many pictures have been taken over the years: pictures of big celebrations, graduations, picnics, and more. But, the Old Stone Capitol is a place of mourning as well…
There have been two major photographers in our city’s long history who have made massive contributions to our rich Iowa City heritage – Issac A. Wetherby and Fred W. Kent. Between these two men, we have over 60,000 photographs – taken as early as 1854 and ending in the early 1970’s. We encourage you to view just a handful of their classics – Wetherby (here) and Kent (here).
On this page, we want to remember three solemn occasions – all held on the front steps of Old Capitol – all three mourning the loss of life and remembering the good that came from the person’s life being celebrated…
Old Stone Capitol Remembers – On Wednesday, April 19, 1865, mourners gathered for a memorial service for President Abraham Lincoln who was elected to the presidency in 1860 and assassinated on April 15, 1865.
Old Stone Capitol Remembers – On Monday, November 25, 1963, mourners gathered for a memorial service for President John F. Kennedy who was elected to the presidency in 1960 and assassinated on November 22, 1963.
Old Stone Capitol Remembers – On Tuesday, April 9, 1968, mourners gathered for a memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – the civil rights activist who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.