Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices from History

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Photograph of presidential motorcade approaching on Main Street
Dallas Times Herald Collection

Close to 200,000 people gathered to greet President John F. Kennedy on Friday, November 22, 1963, as his motorcade traveled through downtown Dallas. Days prior to the well-publicized parade, Secret Service agents met with Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry and other local law enforcement officials to prepare for security along the route.

More than 300 Dallas police officers, about one-fourth of the total force, were assigned to cover the president's visit. Their stories, along with those of the Dallas County sheriff's deputies who worked that fateful weekend, are told in Dallas Law Enforcement: Voices from History. Through photographs, videos, personal artifacts and selections from the Museum's Oral History Collection, the exhibition is presented in four sections: Dealey Plaza, Oak Cliff, Dallas police headquarters, and the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald.