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Introduction

JFK's car from above

President Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Nellie Connally, and Governor Connally can be seen from above in their police escorted motorcade on their way to the Dallas Trade Market

We all witness history every day. Even as you read, this history is happening around you. However, there are always those few moments when you realize that not only are you witnessing history but also participating in history. It may be walking in the Women’s March after the 2017 Inauguration of Donald Trump. Or it could be riding a freedom bus into the heart of the South. On November 22, 1963, the people of Dallas, Texas became witnesses to one of the most heartbreaking moments in American history: the assassination of president John F. Kennedy.

The aim of this project is to compile the stories of the JFK assassination witnesses and examine their roles as witnesses to American History. Per the John F. Kennedy Assassination Act of 1992, we have transcribed and examined the files of individual witnesses and now present them to you.