Joan Jett has revealed that her favorite piece of memorabilia is a presidential declaration written by one of the most popular American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln.
“I have a declaration from Abraham Lincoln hanging in my hallway,” Jett told The New York Times in an interview. “It authorizes one guy, William T. Otto, to perform the duties of the office of the Secretary of the Interior. Abraham Lincoln wrote it, and he had very neat handwriting.”
“It’s a museum piece, an actual piece of history. My family lived in Maryland from the time I was 8 to when I was 13 years old, so I spent a lot of time going to museums in D.C. I got to see a lot of early American history, a lot of Lincoln history,” Jett notes.
The March 1863-dated letter was given to Jett by her late friend Paul O’Neill, the founder of prog-metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who died in 2017.
“My friend Paul O’Neill knew I loved history, and he gave me this Abe Lincoln letter when we were performing together in Cleveland for New Year’s Eve in 2016. Paul was like my brother,” she said.
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