Interviews by NameOral Histories
Mary K. Jackman
A Dallas secretary in 1963, Jackman saw the Kennedy motorcade on Harwood Street. Previously, in the mid-1950s, she worked at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Her late stepfather was acquainted with Jack Ruby. Recorded February 24, 2014.
Jackson was a secretary in the Dallas bureau of the Associated Press. In addition to her regular duties, she was enlisted to portray Jackie Kennedy in a Secret Service re-enactment of the assassination. Recorded March 2, 2000.
In 1963, Jackson was a photographer with the Dallas Times Herald. On November 22, 1963, he covered the president's arrival at Dallas Love Field and, while riding in the motorcade, spotted a rifle in the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository building. He was also at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas police headquarters that day. On Sunday, Jackson captured an iconic image of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, which won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in News Photography. Recorded November 22, 1993, October 23, 2003, February 28, 2007, April 17 and July 22, 2009, September 10 and October 16, 2010, November 10, 2012, November 1 and 20, 2013, and November 18, 2014.
Judge Lee F. Jackson
A former Dallas County judge, Jackson played an important role in making The Sixth Floor Museum a reality and remains a vocal supporter and prominent community leader. In 1991, he actively opposed Oliver Stone's request to film scenes for JFK inside the Museum on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository. Recorded January 12, 2001.
Stephen S. Jaffe
Jaffe served as an investigator for New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Jaffe's work on the controversial Oswald backyard photographs led to him testifying as a photographic expert before the Rockefeller Commission in 1975. Recorded July 29, 2004.
A local musician, James was in the third grade at the time of the assassination. His family, longtime residents of Garland, Texas, was friends with Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade and Dallas County Justice of the Peace Theran Ward. Recorded April 19, 2012.
Jamieson was the owner of the Jamieson Film Company in Dallas, where three copies of Abraham Zapruder's film were made on November 22, 1963. Recorded February 23, 2000.
Dr. Peter Janney
The son of senior CIA official Wistar Janney, Peter Janney actively protested the Vietnam War and later researched the Kennedy assassination and its possible connection to the 1964 murder of Washington socialite Mary Meyer. He wrote the book Mary's Mosaic (2012). Recorded November 16, 2012.
Janowitz was in the sixth grade in Cleveland, Ohio, at the time of the assassination. In 2002, he donated to the Museum a home movie shot in September 1960 by his late grandfather, John Janowitz, of Sen. John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in Cleveland. Recorded September 5, 2007.
An Associated Press wire-photo operator, Jarboe transmitted the photo of President Johnson's swearing in aboard Air Force One. Recorded May 6, 1998.
Betty Clo Jarrell
Jarrell was a first-year teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. She recalled that none of her students missed class to see the presidential parade. Recorded September 4, 2014.
A secretary for Universal Insurance in Dallas, Jefferies captured a color home movie of the Kennedy motorcade--including a stunning view of Jackie Kennedy--on Main Street less than two minutes before the assassination. After his son-in-law donated the film to the Museum in late 2006, Jefferies received international media attention. Recorded March 5, 2007, and June 6, 2008.
Jo Ann Jenkins
A Texas native, Jenkins was living near Oak Cliff in 1963. At the time of the assassination, she was pregnant with her son, future Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Recorded June 19, 2012.
Working under the name "Ron McAlister," Jenkins was a reporter for KBOX Radio in 1963. He followed behind the presidential parade and covered the scene at Parkland Memorial Hospital. In 1964, he covered the Jack Ruby trial. Recorded June 30, 2014.
James E. Jennings
A Dallas police officer in 1963, Jennings guarded first lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Recorded April 28, 1994.
Longtime broadcast journalist and the late anchor of ABC World News Tonight, Jennings worked for Canadian Television in 1963 and flew to Dallas to cover the events of that weekend. He then covered the president's funeral in Washington, D.C. Recorded January 8, 2004.
An award-winning documentarian, Jennings has written, produced, and directed more than 400 hours of programming for television networks including CBS, Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. He was executive producer of The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination (2009) for National Geographic Channel. Jennings was interviewed with two of his documentary associates. Recorded November 17, 2009.
Dr. A. Jack Jernigan
Chief psychologist at Dallas Veterans Hospital in 1963, Jernigan filmed the Kennedy motorcade at the exit of Dallas Love Field and later captured rare color scenes of the Trade Mart building and marquee from Stemmons Freeway. He donated his film to the Museum in 1998. Recorded August 16, 2007.
A reporter for WRR Radio, Jett was near Dealey Plaza in a radio station car and heard the shooting. He then reported live from the studio during that weekend. Recorded August 18, 2000.
Eddie Jimmerson, Jr.
A native of Kerens, Texas, Jimmerson was part of the first graduating class of his community's newly integrated high school in 1965. During the final years of the Vietnam War, he was a military policeman in Washington, D.C. Recorded September 28, 2011.
A waitress for Jetton's Catering, Johnson served at the Forth Worth breakfast and was on her way to serve at the planned Austin banquet when the assassination took place. Her husband, the late Peter Johnson, worked at the Dallas Kodak lab and kept slides of the Zapruder film as souvenirs. Johnson was interviewed with her daughter, Jean Johnson Brown. Recorded March 1, 2007.
Although not a Kennedy supporter, college student Johnson attended a campus memorial service for the late president shortly after the assassination. Recorded December 15, 2011.
A longtime gay rights activist in Dallas, Johnson started the first gay organization in Texas in 1965. In 1972, he was one of the leaders responsible for the first gay pride parade in downtown Dallas, which originated at the Kennedy Memorial. Recorded October 17, 2006.
An internationally recognized American architect, Johnson was acquainted with the Kennedy family and designed the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas, which was dedicated in 1970. Recorded August 11, 1998.
A Fort Worth secretary in 1963, Johnson made arrangements for her boss to attend the Chamber of Commerce breakfast on November 22, 1963. Decades later her daughter worked with the late Edna Case, a manager with the MacMillan Publishing Company on the third floor of the Texas School Book Depository, who was interviewed by the FBI. Recorded August 12, 2013.
The Rev. Peter Johnson
A lifelong crusader for civil rights throughout the South, Johnson served on the staff of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and worked for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He began working for civil rights in Dallas in 1969. Recorded February 23, 2006.
Frank B. Johnston
A thirty-five year photographer with The Washington Post, Johnston was working for the Austin bureau of United Press International in 1963. In the basement of Dallas police headquarters, he captured an image of Lee Harvey Oswald approximately one second before he was fatally shot by Jack Ruby. In 1964, Johnston testified at Ruby's trial and also covered the event as a UPI photographer. Recorded August 15, 2009.
An ardent Kennedy supporter, Johnston was a secretary in Garland, Texas, at the time of the assassination. In the aftermath, she received approximately 15 angry telephone calls from individuals all over the country blaming Dallas for the shooting. Recorded January 26, 2010.
Dr. Ronald C. Jones
Jones was the chief surgery resident in Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency room on November 22, 1963. He was among the team of doctors that worked on the resuscitation of President Kennedy in Trauma Room One. Less than 48 hours later, he was part of the surgical team that treated Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded October 31, 1997, November 21, 2005, September 13 and December 13, 2012, September 24 and November 20, 2013.
A traveling salesman in 1963, Jones saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. In his travels after the assassination, he encountered some hostility because he was from Dallas. Recorded April 22, 2014.
Radford W. Jones
A U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail during the Kennedy years, Jones guarded the Kennedys at Hyannis Port during the summer of 1963. At the time of the assassination, he was guarding young John F. Kennedy Jr. in Washington, D.C. In 1964, Jones spent several months guarding Jackie Kennedy and her children in New York. Recorded October 15, 2005.
Jones had an office inside the Texas School Book Depository building in 1963 and believed he was on the elevator with Lee Harvey Oswald the morning of the assassination. Recorded April 6, 1995.
J. Erik Jonsson
A notable mayor in the years following the assassination (1964-71), Jonsson was a longtime community leader who is credited with helping Dallas through that traumatic period. As president of the Dallas Citizens Council in 1963, he met the presidential party at Dallas Love Field and later announced to the crowd at the Trade Mart that the president had been shot. Recorded June 30, August 17, and November 10, 1992.
Margaret H. Jordan
The first African American graduate of the Georgetown University School of Nursing, Jordan attended the March on Washington rally on August 28, 1963, and heard Dr. Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Since moving to Dallas in the 1980s, she has been an active community leader, serving on the boards of institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Recorded March 29, 2011.
The producer of such films as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and The Pink Panther (1963), Jurow was the executive producer of The Sixth Floor Museum's films and worked with documentary filmmakers Allen and Cynthia Mondell. Recorded May 12, 1993.