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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
This stark memorial to John F. Kennedy, dedicated on June 24, 1970, stands in the center of an open space bounded by the courthouse square on the west, on the south by Commerce Street, on the east by Market Street, and on on the north by Main Street. It is situated about two blocks east of the spot where the late president was slain by an assassin on November 22, 1963. One plaque identifies the structure as the work of architect Philip Johnson
Another plaque describes the memorial and explains its purpose:
The President passed by this location on two occasions, each time riding in a motorcade on Main Street. The first time was Tuesday, September 13, 1960, when Kennedy, then a Massachusetts Senator and the Democratic nominee for President, was riding in a convertible with his running mate, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas. At that time they were traveling east, from Dealey Plaza, on their way to Memorial Auditorium. There, Kennedy delivered a campaign speech at the same spot where his rival, Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon gave an address less than 24 hours earlier. On Friday, November 22, 1963, at almost exactly the same time of day (about half past noon), Kennedy, riding in an open-air Lincoln Continental with his wife and Governor and Mrs. John F. Connally, passed this spot again, this time traveling west toward Dealey Plaza where bullets, fired from the Texas School Book Depository would end his life only seconds later
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