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Lincoln museum pulls John Wilkes Booth bobblehead

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A John Wilkes Booth bobblehead doll was pulled from the shelves of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum gift shop earlier this week in response to news reports that the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania had done the same, said museum spokesman Dave Blanchette.

The 7-inch-tall figurine depicts Booth with a drawn handgun and comes in a box that resembles the inside of Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865.

“We agreed with the Gettysburg Military Park’s assessment that they were not appropriate for sale,” Blanchette said Wednesday. “It seems to be in bad taste. It makes light of the assassination of President Lincoln.”

Blanchette said the Springfield museum’s administration had not received any complaints about the item, but after considering the reaction in Gettysburg, officials decided to pull the springy figurines at the end of the day Monday.

“This was the first time that we really took a hard look at having these items for sale,” he said.

The Booth bobbleheads have only been available at the museum store since early March and were priced at $24.99.

So far, the item had not been a big seller, Blanchette said. The Abraham Lincoln bobbleheads, however, are still for sale and are quite popular among visitors.

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