On this date, in 1963, at 11:38 a.m., President John F. Kennedy touched down at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. He’d spoken that morning at a breakfast in Fort Worth and was slated to speak at a business lunch at the Dallas Business and Trade Mart. Alas, gunman Lee Harvey Oswlad intercepted the president as the motorcade drove through Deeley Plaza.
In the summer of 2019, I had the chance to finally visit Deeley Plaza, a site I’ve wanted to see for myself for my entire adult life. In the Sixth Floor Museum—the former book depository building where Oswald waited in ambush—I saw this image in one of the panel displays:
I’ll ask folks to please refrain from making any comments about modern politics and, instead, look at the picture closely. Study it. Consider what it might say about Dallas, Texas, in the early 196os.
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I wrote more about that visit to the Sixth Floor Museum on September 11, 2019, connecting JFK’s murder with other “Acts of Violence Against America.”
Because JFK was in Dallas, he missed the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Gettysburg Address. His predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, keynoted the commemoration ceremony in JFK’s stead. Read more here.
In this date in 2017, I posted a piece about JFK’s visit to Antietam National Battlefield in April 1963. Similar to the experience that inspired this post, I went into the museum at the battlefield and saw a photo of Kennedy on Burnside Bridge.