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"A Photographer's Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination"DALLAS/January 9, 2009—On February 17, 2009, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza marks its 20th year with the opening of its newest exhibit, A Photographer's Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination, which features the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. Using photos, artifacts and film footage, A Photographer's Story highlights Jackson's personal and professional perspective of three chaotic days in November 1963—from President John F. Kennedy's arrival at Dallas Love Field to accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's murder. The exhibit also tells the larger story of Jackson's decades-spanning career, which includes his coverage of Jack Ruby's Dallas murder trial and other images portraying a city in transition during the 1960s.
In 1964, Jackson made history when he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic image of Ruby shooting Oswald in the basement of Dallas police headquarters; it was the first such prize awarded to a Dallas newspaper—The Dallas Times Herald. What began as a routine routine assignment to cover President Kennedy's trip to Dallas turned out to be one of the most tragic weekends in the country's history, with Jackson at the center of much of the activity.
Using Jackson's black and white images, A Photographer's Story provides a chronological experience from Kennedy's arrival, the motorcade route, the assassination at Dealey Plaza, onlookers' grief outside Parkland Hospital, Oswald's murder and Ruby's "trial of the century." The exhibit places these events in the larger context of an era of change with telling images of protests, school desegregation and Beatlemania.
Other features of the exhibit include artifacts related to 1960s journalism and interactive stations devoted to "thinking like a 1960s newspaper photographer." Film and video footage of Jackson the assassination weekend is also shown. The exhibit runs from February 17, 2009 to July 31, 2010, and is free with regular paid admission to the Museum.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
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