The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s yearlong Living History Series continues in May with Major William F. Lee, a retired Marine Officer who served on the “Death Watch” for President John F. Kennedy’s casket following the assassination. The program will be presented on the Museum’s seventh floor on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Admission is included with paid Sixth Floor Museum admission or $10 for the program only. Tickets will be available at the Ticket Sales desk on the day of the program.
Major Lee’s Marine Corps career spanned 20 years. He was a lieutenant at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., at the time of the assassination and was assigned to the “Death Watch” over the late president’s casket at the White House and U.S. Capitol Rotunda. He was one of three Marines to receive the Army Commendation Medal for his performance and contributions during the event. Major Lee has published five books; copies of “The Boys in Blue White Dress,” which recounts his experiences on the “Death Watch,” will be available for purchase in the Museum Store before and after the program. A book signing will follow.
The Living History Series is one of many special exhibits, programs, enhancements and collaborations the Museum is planning in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of President Kennedy in November. The monthly series links the past to the present through firsthand accounts from reporters, law enforcement officials, doctors, military personnel and everyday citizens who witnessed the assassination or other historic events of the early 1960s. Each of the 15 presenters in the monthly series has contributed to The Sixth Floor Museum’s ongoing Oral History Project. The collection includes more than 1,000 candid, informal interviews that recount the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, the history and culture of Dallas, and the 1960s. Anyone with vivid memories of President Kennedy, the assassination or other historic events of the era are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to the collection.
The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.