JFK

The event happened 22nd November 1963; almost 52 years ago so hadn’t anticipated the raw emotion that could be stirred by a small corner on the 6th floor of the former Texas School Book Depository where “significant evidence of a sniper was found.” A graphics simulation on interactive touchscreens depict the motorcade as it rounds the corner from Houston Street into Elm Street, directly in front of the building and where Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have shot and killed John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly known as Jack or by his initials JFK and was the 35th President of the United States, elected January 1961. Look down from the window and see 2 X-marks on the busy road below; the first marks the position of the President’s car when the initial shot was fired and the second marks the further second then third, fatal shot.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza uses television and radio broadcasts, film images and sound guides to transport visitors back to November 1963, facilitating a better understanding of President Kennedy, his family, the story of his assassination and his lasting impression on the American people. Details surrounding his political agenda and reforms, the troubled background to this particular visit to Texas; The Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas at 11.40 CST, Love Field Airport after their short flight from Carswell Air Force base; the journey to his assassination, just after noon and less than an hour after his motorcade made the drive Downtown then finally, the aftermath of these shocking events.


A week after the assassination, Kennedy’s successor Johnson established a commission to investigate the events surrounding his death. The commission, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren concluded that alleged gunman Lee Harvey Oswald had indeed acted alone and there was no conspiracy involved. The report proved to be controversial and failed to silence conspiracy theories that surrounded the event and subsequent investigations have both supported and questioned the findings; the case is closed… Documentation from the Warren commission is available at the National Archives but access to the autopsy reports remains Restricted.

As well as the death of The President, Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. marine who defected to the Soviet Union 1959 – 1926 and lone gunman was considered guilty of the murder of a policeman in a nearby district and within 90 minutes of the assassination; Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally wounded on November 24th 1963 so was never brought to trial…