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JFK Tribute Collection

History

The JFK Tribute was commissioned and created in order to honor and commemorate President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, Texas on November 21st and 22nd, 1963. On the morning of the 22nd, President Kennedy gave an unplanned speech to an audience of thousands of people who came down to the Hotel Texas to try and catch of glimpse of the President. This speech took place close to where the Tribute is today on the corner of Main and 8th Streets. Lawrence Ludtke designed an 8 foot tall bronze sculpture of President Kennedy that sits in the center of granite plaza. The installation and dedication of the Tribute was the culmination of over a decade of work by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy. The Tribute dedication took place on November 8, 2012.

Provenance

The materials were donated to the Fort Worth Library by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. on February 7, 2013.

Scope and Contents Note

The JFK Tribute Collection consist of articles, correspondence, photographs, DVDs, architectural drawings, and other printed materials that document the creation and dedication of the JFK Tribute. The materials date from 2008 - 2013 and measure 1 linear foot (3 boxes). The collection is arranged into 2 series.

  • Series I: JFK Tribute (2008 - 2013) - Contains correspondence, invitations, programs, photographs, video recordings, articles, and planning materials related to the JFK Tribute. This series contains correspondence with Caroline Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, photographs and video of the dedication ceremony, and articles from around the country covering the dedication of the JFK Tribute. The JFK Tribute Sculpture folder consists of contracts, photographs, and correspondence concerning the creation of the sculpture of JFK.
  • Series II: Architectural Drawings and Plans (2011) - Made up of two sets of plans. The first set is of a parking garage that is directly under the JFK Tribute site and the second set is for improvements to General Worth Square and the installation of the JFK Tribute.

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Last updated: July 2, 2014