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The Employees of the TSBD

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The Employees of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) provide us the unique testimonies of individuals in the same building as Lee Harvey Oswald when he killed President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Included in this exhibit are employees of the TSBD, the first investigators on the scene, and the officers who found the crucial evidence that charged Oswald with the murder. 

Leslie Dell (L. D.) Montgomery was a Dallas Police detective who was the first Dallas Police Officer stationed on the 6th floor of the TSBD. He and his partner, Marvin Johnson, were tasked with protecting the 6th floor between 12:50pm and 1:30pm on Nov. 22, 1963. 

Robert Lee (R. L.) Studebaker was a detective for the Crime Scene Service of the Dallas Police Department at the time of the assassination of the president. He was tasked, along with Det. L. D. Montgomery, with documenting the crime scene. 

William H. Shelley - Foreman of the Texas School Book Depository, was in charge of all of the employees and operations in the building. 

Bonnie Ray Williams was a black employee of the TSBD, and a co-worker of Lee Harvey Oswald's. On Nov. 22, 1963, Williams was able to place Oswald in the building and on the 6th floor of the TSBD around the time of President Kennedy's assassination. He witnessed the assassination from the 5th floor - just one floor below the shooter.

Jack Dougherty was an employee of the TSBD since 1952. Dougherty was one of only six TSBD employees present in the building at the exact moment of the shooting. 

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