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Iconic Texas School Book Depository Sign Now on Display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Texas School Book Depository sign at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo courtesy the museum)

Texas School Book Depository sign at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo courtesy the museum)

The original, 4-piece, three-dimensional enameled metal sign that once hung over the entrance to the former Texas School Book Depository (411 Elm Street) is now on display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

“As one of the few remaining signature architectural elements from the building’s 1960s-era decorative facade, this sign is an important part of the Museum’s collection,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  “The sign’s prominence in many well-known images is sure to captivate visitors and encourage interest in the building’s history.”

The sign, measuring 2.5 feet tall and just more than 17 feet long, was abandoned by the Texas School Book Depository company when they vacated the office/warehouse building in 1970.  Removed and stored by Dallas County during building renovations later that decade, it has been part of the Museum’s collection since the formation of The Sixth Floor organization in 1983. Too large for inclusion in the Museum’s main exhibit, the distinctive sign has been in storage for nearly thirty years.

Supported by an American Heritage Preservation Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Museum recently completed a conservation project to prepare the sign for public display.

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