Fifty years ago this month, this country experienced one of its darkest days to date: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the streets of Dallas, Texas. To mark the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, UTC Special Collections and University Archives will be displaying some items from its collections relating to President Kennedy and the assassination.
“Included in the collection are Chattanooga and New York Times newspapers covering the tragedy, and rare photographs, including one taken of Jacqueline Kennedy hours after the assassination. Also on display are tribute issues of Life Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post,” Steve Cox, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, said.
According to Cox, the items on display were donated over the years to the University. Former Associated Press photographer and Chattanooga native John Rous donated copies of his photographs and Frank Prescott, a former UTC political science professor, donated several items that are currently on display.
“For this exhibit, we wanted to focus on how the assassination was treated locally in Chattanooga,” Cox said.
This exhibit can be viewed on the first floor of Lupton Library, in the display case in front of the reference desk. It will run through the month of November.