Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from DallasAll Exhibits
Jefferies, Yeargan, and Sanders
After reading about the presidential motorcade in the newspaper, George Jefferies, secretary at Universal Insurance, brought his Kodak camera to work with him. “There were several of us from the office that went there,” he recalled in his 2007 oral history, “[including] a man named Charlie Nance who had emphysema. I wanted to come down to Dealey Plaza, and he couldn’t walk that far.” Jefferies instead captured the motorcade on film—including a remarkable view of Jackie Kennedy—from the south side of Main Street just east of Lamar.
J. Robert Yeargan
A sales manager with wholesale furniture distributor J. P. Awalt and Company, J. Robert “Bob” Yeargan captured the Kennedy motorcade on film with his Kodak Brownie home movie camera from the northwest corner of Main and Market streets. However, that was not where he originally intended to stand. “I had first walked down to the School Book Depository building to stand at that corner,” he recalled in his 2007 oral history, “and I didn’t like that place because there were some large vehicles that were more or less in the way.” Later that afternoon, Yeargan received a firsthand account of the assassination from a coworker, Charles Brehm, who saw the shooting from only a few feet away.
Pat Sanders’ husband, Herbert, had the day off on Friday, November 22, 1963, and the pair decided to go downtown to watch the presidential parade and then see the new John Wayne film, McLintock!, at the nearby Majestic Theater. Upon arriving with her Kodak Brownie camera, she and her husband stood on Main Street between Akard and Ervay streets, where she filmed people in the windows of the surrounding buildings. She also caught legendary Dallas pawnshop owner “Honest Joe” Goldstein as he drove up and down the street far in front of the Kennedy motorcade. As the president’s car approached, Sanders held the camera with her right hand and waved with her left. Before Pat and Herbert Sanders arrived at the movie theater, they learned of the president’s shooting and decided instead to go straight home.