JFK Journey

Oswald, from shot to grave

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Four decades have passed since that infamous November 1963 day in downtown Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. For elders in need of a refresher course or members of a new generation that hasn't yet heard every minute detail of the assassination, the Dallas Historical Society's first JFK Tour: In The Steps of Lee Harvey Oswald will provide a unique revisit to the tragic event.On Saturday, a bus tour of the landmarks of the assassination, focusing attention on the man accused of the shooting and his movements in the immediate hours afterward, is on tap. With an en route narration by local historian Ken M. Holmes Jr., the tour will begin with the route taken by the president's motorcade as it traveled from Love Field toward the Dealey Plaza site where the shooting occurred. It will then follow Oswald's hurried escape from the Texas School Book Depository to the Oak Cliff boarding house where he was living at the time. Along the way, tourists will visit the intersection where Oswald encountered and shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, then travel on to the Texas Theater where the accused assassin was finally apprehended and arrested. Additionally, tour officials are in the process of trying to gain admittance to the downtown police department parking basement where local nightclub owner Jack Ruby later shot and killed Oswald as he was being transferred from the city jail to the nearby county jail. And, finally, there will be a visit to Oswald's grave site. Along the way, Holmes will share information and little known facts from his own files about the event that sent Dallas and the nation into mourning. A video presentation providing a timeline of the events he'll discuss will be shown during the tour.

The bus is scheduled to leave the Hall of State building in Fair Park at 9 a.m. and will return at 2 p.m. Cost for Historical Society members is $35 and for nonmembers $45. A lunch stop along the way is included. Call 214-421-4500, ext. 105. --Carlton Stowers

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