March 31, 2015 SIGN IN | REGISTER

Sixth Floor Museum Offers Dallas-Eye View of JFK's Assassination

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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 cant 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 Longfords perspective, it comes with the territory.

At least people are talking about it. Instead of ignoring it, theyre talking about it, and thats good, she said.

The museum, the anniversary and her institutions continuing mission to interpret the events contribute to an evolving story. Its an enduring interest we have here, the subject of the assassination. Its a riveting story and we dont see the interest diminishing, although it may change over time, she said. And perhaps it can fulfill another purpose for the city.

Its a catharsis for many people here in Dallas who are speaking up for the first time. You would think that youve heard it all, but we havent, Longford said.

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