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JFK assassination documents on display in New Orleans

Friday is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.  But you don’t have to go to Dallas to see part of the history.  News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini takes us inside a new exhibit at the Old U.S. Mint.

Archive footage: “Something has happened in the motorcade route.  There’s numerous people running up the hill.”

It was a day that changed America forever.

Archive footage: “The President of the United States is dead.”

Images from President John F. Kennedy’s assassination still captivates Americans.  There’s a son’s final salute to his slain father.  The riderless horse in the funeral procession for the fallen President and a stoic Jackie Kennedy standing next to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was sworn in just 99 minutes after her husband was killed.

“There’s a kind of loss of innocence where things that you thought were safe are no longer safe,” says Loyola University Honors Program Director Naomi Yavneh Klos.

50 years later, historic documents relating to that tragic day are going on display in New Orleans.

Loyola honor student Katie Atkins says, “Being such a fan of history, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do this.  I have to be involved with this project.”

Katie Atkins and two fellow honors students at Loyola spent their semester curating the materials.

Honors student Pedro Benitez says, “We were able to compile information, we researched on our own, came up with our own understanding of Kennedy, and also came up with creative ideas to display them.”

Among the items:  A copy of the Warren Commission Report signed by then Congressman Gerald Ford, personal documents from the manager of the President’s guest house, headlines from original newspapers covering the President’s assassination, and an article in the society page showing the President and the First Lady hosting Supreme Court Justices.  It came out the day he was assassinated.

Klos says, “The next iconic photo of her is going to be in the blood stained suit that we all know really well.”

There’s even a detailed protocol of JFK’s funeral procession that was put together on the fly.

Klos says, “They really didn’t have much to go on in terms of what to do.   They only had hours to put this together and figure out what they were going to do.”

Important items preserving history of a beloved President who was taken too soon.

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