|Significance||Site where President John F. Kennedy is assassinated|
|Episode(s)||The Rabbit Hole|
Other Voices, Other Rooms
The Day in Question
|Fictional Characters||Jake Epping|
|Historical Characters||Lee Harvey Oswald|
Bonnie Ray Williams
John F. Kennedy
Dealey Plaza is a significant part of Dallas history. The site marks the birthplace of Dallas, originally founded by John Neely Bryan in the 1840s. Almost a century later, as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, the familiar white concrete colonnades and triple underpass were constructed, creating a vehicular park to serve as gateway to the city. The project was spearheaded by civic leader George Bannerman Dealey. After G.B. Dealey died in 1946, a bronze statue to honor him was installed in the park that already bore his name.
Hailed as “The Front Door of Dallas,” Dealey Plaza served as the major gateway to the city from the west and, equally important, as a symbol of civic pride. In November 1963, that focus changed when President Kennedy was assassinated in the heart of the plaza. Instantly, the cradle of Dallas history became known as an internationally recognized murder site.
- Dealey Plaza on The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza website. Retrieved on September 13, 2019.