In the Sixth Floor Museum, a reflection of where Kennedy died is seen in protective glass surrounding the window where Oswald allegedly made his fatal shot.
For context, Landesman noted the special kind of trauma Dallas has endured for years when it comes to the assassination. Regarding the 50th anniversary, Landesman said, “It can’t come and go fast enough for them. They feel, they take it personally. I know they take it personally. The only crime Dallas committed was letting Lee Harvey Oswald live there. And who knew he was Lee Harvey Oswald until he was Lee Harvey Oswald?”
From Longford’s perspective, it comes with the territory.
“At least people are talking about it. Instead of ignoring it, they’re talking about it, and that’s good,” she said.
The museum, the anniversary and her institution’s continuing mission to interpret the events contribute to an evolving story. “It’s an enduring interest we have here, the subject of the assassination. It’s a riveting story and we don’t see the interest diminishing, although it may change over time,” she said. And perhaps it can fulfill another purpose for the city.
“It’s a catharsis for many people here in Dallas who are speaking up for the first time. You would think that you’ve heard it all, but we haven’t,” Longford said.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.