Magazine article Sunset

The Sixth Floor Recalls Fateful November Day

Magazine article Sunset

The Sixth Floor Recalls Fateful November Day

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IT IS AN UNSETTLING PLACE. The brick warehouse is not like Ford's Theatre or the Tower of London or other shrines to historic crimes. It lacks the safe distance of tragedy long past; it retains the power to wound. After all, most people who come here will remember where they were and what they were doing when the building earned its notoriety.

That is why, if you're in Dallas, you'll probably feel compelled to visit. Not for pleasure, exactly, but to see where American life irrevocably changed. Today the brick warehouse is called the Dallas County Administration Building. You probably remember it as the Texas School Book Depository. You remember that on November 22, 1963, at 12:30 P.M.--so all official, though still debated, accounts maintain--Lee Harvey Oswald stood at a sixth-floor window and with a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

OUT OF TRAGEDY, A MOVING MEMORIAL

In the assassination's aftermath, many Dallasites would have liked the depository and the memories it carried erased from their skyline. But visitors from around the world thronged to the site, and in 1989, Dallas County acceded to their wishes, turning the building's sixth floor into a $3. …

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