When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, the Oklahomans joined with the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of the 35th President of the United States.
Kennedy had visited Oklahoma several times before his death. From his campaign rallies to his presidential visits, Kennedy has drawn large crowds. A visit was more solemn, when in January 1963 he came to the state to attend the funeral of Robert S. Kerr, who had served Oklahoma as governor and US senator.
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It was on November 22 of the same year that JFK was killed while traveling in a presidential motorcade at Dealy Plaza in Dallas. The days that followed were filled with tears, prayers and memorial services as the Oklahomans remembered the slain president.
Oklahoman staff photographers documented Kennedy’s visits, as well as the actions of the Oklahoman as they honored him after his death. And, as the New Year turned to 1964, photos also recorded what followed when Kennedy’s name was assigned to a school, and his image was placed on U.S. savings bonds and postage stamps, just a few examples of efforts that have been adopted locally and nationally to honor Kennedy and continue his legacy.
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This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Throwback Thursday: Remembering the legacy of President John F. Kennedy