Newseum exhibit tells story of JFK assassination through eyes of media

Posted at 7:10 AM, Nov 22, 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVR) - The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is arguably the most notorious murder in American history.

The Newseum’s “JFK: Three Shots Were Fired” exhibit, which opened this year, explores the killing of Kennedy and the chaotic hours and days that followed. The exhibit recall the story through precious artifacts and rare news footage of this unspeakable moment in time.

“Many reporters we talked to that say, I will never forget that day. There is not a moment in my career that will ever surpass the work, the reporting that was done that day,’” Senior Manager of Exhibit Development Patty Rhule said.

The exhibit includes evidence that was locked away in the National Archives for 50 years.

That includes:

The jacket and shirt Lee Harvey Oswald wore the day police arrested him inside the Texas Theatre.
A military drum played during President Kennedy’s funeral procession.
The pistol belonging to Secret Service agent Clint Hill.
News correspondent Sid Davis’ reporter’s notebook.
The Bell and Howell 8-millimeter camera Abraham Zapruder used to record the assassination.

“This is the camera that took the 26 seconds of film of the assassination. Probably the most famous 26 seconds of film in history,” Rhule said.

“Well actually walking through I couldn’t stand and watch it. I just had to take a quick glance and keep going because I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t take it,” emotional visitor Freddie Franklin commented about the exhibit. “There was no one like him in my lifetime.”

"I was just devastated. I can still feel emotions. I can imagine myself right there,” visitor Heather McLaren said.

The Newseum’s “JFK: Three Shots Were Fired” exhibit runs through January.

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