Kennedy Assassination 40th Anniversary
For the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy American Perspectives featured some of the people who were in… read more
For the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy American Perspectives featured some of the people who were in Dallas on the day of the assassination in 1963. Oral histories were obtained from the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas.
Jim Wright, the longtime Texas congressman and former Speaker of the House was one of the key planners for President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, and he traveled with the presidential party to Dallas. This oral history was recorded on February 2, 1996.
Winston Lawson was the Secret Service agent in charge of security in Dallas, and did ten days of advance work before the presidential party’s arrival. He rode in the lead car in the motorcade, just ahead of President Kennedy’s car. This oral history was recorded on September 5, 2003.
Robert Strauss was a leader of the Democratic Party for many years and was at the Trade Mart luncheon where President Kennedy was to speak. Upon hearing of the assassination, Mr. Strauss went to Parkland Hospital to comfort Nellie Connally while her husband, then-Texas Governor John Connally, underwent surgery. Governor Connolly was sitting in the front seat of the president’s car, and was wounded during the shooting. This oral history was taped in 1996. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Winston Lawson Agent (Former) U.S. Secret Service->Protective Operations
- Robert Strauss Director (Former) Democratic National Committee
- James "Jim" C. Wright Jr. U.S. Representative (Former) [D] Texas
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