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JFK-LBJ: Transition of Power
March 21, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.| Free
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and The Dallas Theater Center have partnered to present programming for the Dallas premiere of the play, All the Way, winner of a 2014 Tony Award®. On Monday, March 21st, join in a free public community conversation at The Sixth Floor Museum as we discuss the transfer of power from President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and hear in person from those who worked during both administrations.
Two hours and eight minutes after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn-in aboard Air Force One as the thirty-sixth President of the United States. As a single, solemn black and white photograph of the swearing-in made its way around the world, a concerned global community was reassured that, despite the tragic events in Dallas, the transition of power in the United States would be a smooth and orderly process.
This panel discussion offered unique comparisons of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and showcased firsthand accounts from November 22, 1963—shared by three individuals representing the worlds of politics, presidential security, and photojournalism; moderated by the Museum’s associate curator, Stephen Fagin.
Julian Read, a longtime public relations and political consultant, was press advisor to Gov. John Connally in 1963. Traveling with the official party in Fort Worth and Dallas, Read had an insider perspective of the assassination aftermath and the presidential transition that followed.
U.S. Secret Service agent Walt Coughlin served on the White House Detail for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, as well as the protective detail for Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He was part of the advance team for San Antonio on President Kennedy’s trip to Texas in 1963.
Dallas Times Herald photojournalist Eamon Kennedy captured images of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson numerous times during the 1960s. On the weekend of the assassination, he took memorable photographs at Dallas Love Field, Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Texas Theatre, and Dallas police headquarters.