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Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District is smaller than you think, great with Sixth Floor Museum

Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District is smaller than you think, great with Sixth Floor Museum

by Christian Michael

May 25, 2016

Garrett and I visited the plaza after going through the Sixth Floor Museum in the old Texas Book repository. Alone, this would probably be a very boring sight to see, but coupled with the museum made for a nice addendum. The plaza is actually much smaller than you might think compared to the videos on TV, and you'll probably spend more time trying to avoid the conspiracy hawker selling videos and newspaper clippings just off the grassy knoll than the actual rest of the exhibit, but if you like conspiracy conversations, you'd probably love it.

They didn't modify the plaza much, and if you drove through it, you might not even realize it's the same place they shot JFK unless you were looking for it. There are two X's in the road where the assassin's shots hit the late president and a few idiots knelt down in the street to pose with their peace signs and grins. I'm not even a fan of JFK and it just felt juvenile. Good thing was there didn't seem many doing that in our short trip there.

It was an interesting stop -- more so probably if you were old enough to remember it happening, which I'm not -- and worth the visit. It's a sure reminder how truly fragile the systems of power in this country really are.

The museum at the old book repository in downtown Dallas is a great capture of the history and debate surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. No photos are allowed in the exhibit, itself, but there is a broad range of materials addressing the president's personal history, the culture in which he grew up and which faced him in office, the visit to Dallas, the assassination, recovery and conspiracy surrounding the event. 

With informative panels and an audio-guided walkthrough, it's very in-depth and even offers the conspiracy side of the debate, though there's a gentleman sitting in Dealey Plaza selling the "real story" materials that go more in-depth to the conspiracy than the museum did. As far as I know, there is no video of the actual headshot playing in the museum, which, while I understand can be disturbing, there are enough other materials that make you wonder why they left that out and the others in.

Overall it was a great experience, definitely one worth seeing while in the area.


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