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Friday, October 23, 2009

Sixth Floor Museum (Book Depository)


As luck would have it the day we decided to go to Dallas it started raining and rained the entire day. Oh well, we won’t melt. We left McKinney about 10:00 and started traveling on I-75 toward Dallas with our destination as the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza. It once had another name. On November 22, 1963 it was called the Texas School Book Depository. I am not sure what I expected but I will say it was far more than I expected. You enter on the ground level and pay a small fee. They give you a set of headphones and then you ride the elevator to the sixth floor. This is where you begin your audio walking tour of the life of President John F. Kennedy. It is well presented with photos, videos and momentos of President Kennedy’s political career and of course the events that occurred on that awful day in November 1963. There is a section preserved in glass where Lee Harvey Oswald knelt at the window and fired three shots at the motorcade as it went by on Elm Street. As we all know, those shots hit President Kennedy and Governor John Connally. President Kennedy would die and John Connally would survive. You can look out the window and see the road below where a big X marks the spot where the car was positioned when President Kennedy was shot. To the right of that place on
the road is the area known as the Grassy Knoll. This is the area where many believed another shot was fired. The second shooter theory. I was a young girl when this event happened in history but I still remember so well where I was when the news came out that President Kennedy had been assassinated. It was a sobering feeling walking around on the sixth floor of that old book depository building. The weather perfectly fitted the mood…..damp and gloomy.
I have read about this event, saw it televised on T.V. and later in my life I would teach young children of the events of that day BUT Wednesday I saw the area up close and personal.

Today, Mike and I touched a part of history.

2 comments:

Randy and Pam Warner said...

Nice job on catching the mood and impression of the times. Too bad they don't allow pictures in the museum.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and didn't stay long enough. I usually max out after an hour or 90 minutes in museums but one could stay there the whole day and learn so much!

We thought it was very well done.

Thanks for coming over last night! We had a great time.

Vicki and Porter said...

Vicki and I had the same sobering experience in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel. It was a real eye opener. Porter