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SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM

A Hero at Sea: JFK and PT-109

In the middle of World War II, on August 2, 1943, Lt. John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one injured crew-member, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. This dramatic tale of World War II heroism framed Senator Kennedy’s political narrative as he ran for president in 1960. We will discuss the impact that the PT-109 story had on Kennedy’s life and career, including a special screening of a 1960 campaign commercial hosted by actor Henry Fonda. We will also discuss how other presidential candidates used – or didn’t use – their veteran's status as part of their political narrative!

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Conflicting Evidence: 24 Hours After the Kennedy Assassination

Examine evidence found by investigators within the first 24 hours of the Kennedy assassination in this primary source-based program. Students will evaluate the accuracy of reports and eyewitness accounts, and will use photographic analysis to evaluate what happened on November 22, 1963. This program transforms students into history detectives as they evaluate the films, photos, oral histories and other evidence related to the investigation of President Kennedy’s assassination.

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Resistance in Dallas: Civil Rights and Kennedy's Legacy

One of the longest and most prominent civil rights demonstrations in Dallas occurred at the downtown Piccadilly Cafeteria from May 30 to July 2, 1964. Despite the presence of peaceful protestors for 28 consecutive days, cafeteria management would not permit African-American customers to order food until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Through photographs, oral histories, speeches and documents from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, find out how African American protesters used the assassination of President Kennedy as inspiration for their freedom struggle and how Dallas' desegregation efforts connected to the national effort to secure civil rights.

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