50 years on Dallas’ Book Depository still stands witness to JFK’s assassination

John F. Kennedy and the First Lady in the Dallas motorcade. November 22, 1963.

Although the level of toxic rhetoric directed at him was an indication of their desperation rather than their strength, a gun only needs one man to pull the trigger.

Kennedy himself considered 1963 Dallas to be an ideologues mirage, referring to it as “nut country” only minutes before his death.

“There’s been a long painful journey from assassination to commemoration,” says Fagin. “You have the city wanting to deny the assassination, to cover it over. In more recent times there's been a slow embrace of the event as a part of the city's history, and the nation's and the world's.”

Locals have never arrived at the museum in the numbers that tourists do. To combat that reluctance they have hosted successful panel discussions, exhibitions and community interactions.

“We’re seeing more and more people from the Dallas area visiting the museum,” says Fagin. “This year for the 50th anniversary I’ve encountered a number of long time local residents who go all the way back to 1963 who have never gotten around to it or were concerned about what the museum would present.”

It's still taking a long time to get over.