Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sixth Floor Museum - JFK Assassination Sight

While in Dallas we visited the Sixth Floor Museum. It is just down the street from the Dallas Holocaust Museum that I mentioned in my last blog.

6th Floor Museum

No cameras were allowed inside so I do not have as many pictures to show you. It is an excellent museum with loads of information. There is an audio tour that guides you through the museum and the time line leading up to the shooting of President Kennedy. It also expounds on some of the conspiracies surrounding John Kennedy's assassination.

There was one picture in the museum that I was able to find online. It is the picture where Lydon Johnson is being sworn in on Air Force One with his wife on one side and Jackie Kennedy on the other.

Lyndon B. Johnson Oath

When I looked at it all I could think of was that in the picture, only a few hours ago Mrs. Kennedy's husband was shot right in front of her. It is written in the Warren Commission hearings that she said, "I have his brains in my hand." She had to witness the murder of her husband and she was going to have to go home and tell her little kids. There was still blood on her coat. I can't even imagine what was going through her mind. I can't imagine what was going on in the minds of any of the people in the picture. What a sad day it was for our nation.

President Kennedy had come to Texas to raise money for the Democrats. He was looking for a re-election and had barely won Texas' vote the first time. He and the others with him were heading towards downtown where President Kennedy was to speak. The motorcade turned onto Elm street and passed in front of the seven story Texas School Book Depository (Now the Dallas County Administration Building) just before 12:30 PM on November 22, 1963.

JFK

Moments after the car turned onto Elm, an employee of the book depository, Lee Harvey Oswald, aimed a high-power rifle out of the corner window of the sixth floor...

The 6th Floor Window

...and fatally shot the 35th President of the United States of America as he reached the grassy knoll, while injuring two others.

Where the Shot Hit

It was indeed a very sad time in our nation's history. Seven years later a memorial was erected about 200 yards from where the shootings took place.

JFK Memorial

It is a cenotaph or an open tomb and inside is an empty platform with "John Fitzgerald Kennedy" engraved along its side. According to the American architect, Philip Johnson who designed it, the structure was to be a thoughtful piece of art intended for reflection and remembrance and to symbolize the freedom of John F. Kennedy’s spirit.

If you get the chance I highly suggest visiting the Sixth Floor Musuem in Dallas, Texas.

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