When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it is often said, the United States lost its innocence. Not only because the president was murdered, but because Americans were forced to consider the possibility that his death was orchestrated by conspirators within his own government.
The Life and Times of JFK are the subject of a photographic exhibit that opened on last week and runs through Nov. 30 at the Union Museum of History and Art. On loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, the exhibit features 77 photographs of Kennedy’s life, from his wealthy childhood, to his service as a PT boat captain in World War II, to his presidency, assassination and the funeral that drew the largest television audience ever recorded to that point.
Despite the Warren Commission’s 1964 determination that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, the percent of Americans who believe Kennedy’s assassination was the result of a conspiracy has never fallen below 50 percent, rose to nearly 80 percent during the 1970s and for three decades has held steady at about 60 percent, according a variety of polls.
Author Gary Savage will discuss his 1993 book, JFK – First Day Evidence at 5 p.m. tonight, Oct 17, at the Union Museum of History and Art, 211 N. Main Street in Farmerville. Savage wrote the book in cooperation with his uncle, Rusty Livingston, who was a crime lab detective working with the Dallas Police Department on Nov. 22, 1963, the day Kennedy was assassinated.