The Lincoln inaugural Bibleused by President Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009will be used again by the president, along with Martin Luther King Jr.s Bible, at his second inaugural ceremony Jan. 21. The two Bibles will be stacked one on top of the other, as the president takes the oath of office.
The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim, will be on view from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition The Civil War in America in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
On March 4, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a 1,280-page Bible provided by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because Lincolns family Bible was packed with other belongings that were still en route to Washington from Springfield, Ill.