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A Photographer’s Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination at the Sixth Floor Museum Closing Sunday

Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald (photo by Bob Jackson)

Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald (photo by Bob Jackson)

A Photographer’s Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination
The Sixth Floor Museum
Through Sunday, October 17, 2010

Exhibit Featuring Work of Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Ends this Month;
Free Program with Jackson, Museum Curators to Mark Occasion

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s temporary exhibition A Photographer’s Story: Bob Jackson and the Kennedy Assassination closes Sunday, October 17, 2010. The exhibit covers Jackson’s entire career as a photojournalist, but central to his story is how Jackson—a young photographer for The Dallas Times Herald in 1963—captured the iconic image of Jack Ruby fatally shooting accused presidential assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Join the museum on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. for a unique conversation between Jackson, museum curator Gary Mack and associate curator Stephen Fagin. Listen as Jackson recounts the story behind his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, and discover how Jackson’s account went from exhibit idea to reality.

The program is free with paid admission to the Museum.

Read about Mr. Jackson’s visit to the museum at Photographer Bob Jackson and Detective James Leavelle at The Sixth Floor Museum.

About the Exhibit

The exhibit opened in February 2009. Using photos, artifacts and film footage,

A Photographer’s Story highlights Jackson’s personal and professional perspective of three chaotic days in November of 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 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic image of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey 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 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.

A Photographer’s Story provides a chronological experience of 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.

The exhibit includes artifacts related to 1960s journalism, interactive stations devoted to “thinking like a 1960s newspaper photographer,” and film and video footage of Jackson the assassination weekend is also shown.

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 Historic 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 downtown Dallas, the Museum is open 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. Admission and store purchases directly support the Museum’s exhibit, education and programming activities.

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