JFK Assassination: Preserving Memories Of Dallas

Museum Collects Oral Histories of Witnesses of Nov. 22, 1963

Listen: A Montage of Voices and Memories of Events in Dallas

Dealey Plaza

The former Texas School Book Depository building overlooks Dealey Plaza. Bret St. Clair, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza hide caption

itoggle caption Bret St. Clair, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

As America marks the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, NPR's Juan Williams visits Lee Harvey Oswald's infamous perch at the former Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. The building now houses the Sixth Floor Museum, which is collecting oral histories of witnesses in an effort to preserve memories of Nov. 22, 1963.

Among those oral histories is a tape of former Secret Service Agent Winston G. Lawson, who was in charge of preparing security in Dallas for the president's arrival.

"You wonder — everything is going through your mind — what could I have done that I didn't do? Did I mess up and if so, how? But I was the first agent to lose a president and to this day am still the first agent to lose a president," Lawson said earlier this year.

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