Written by Shirley T
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 00:00
One block away from Dealey Plaza, behind Old Red Museum lies an open space with four white walls holding a shape of square. Some called it JFK Cenotaph or an open tomb as the design symbolizes the freedom of Kennedy's spirit. Others may refer as John F. Kennedy Memorial Monument. Ultimately, both talk about the same entity, same object.
Erected in 1970 and entirely funded by Dallas citizens, the monument is a simple roofless room with 4 walls of 30 feet high and 50 feet wide. There are two narrow openings facing north and south. Ornamented with identical circles that runs from bottom to top at each corner, the monument does resemble a mammoth LEGO block in a way.
Once we entered into the white square, we were greeted by a low-hewn granite square carved with the name John Fitzgerald Kennedy in gold. Only that and nothing else.
Not too far from the monument, there is a black granite on the ground reads
"The joy and excitement of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s life belonged to all men.
So did the pain and sorrow of his death. When he died on November 22, 1963, shock and agony touched human conscience throughout the world. In Dallas, Texas, there was a special sorrow.
The young President died in Dallas. The death bullets were fired 200 yards west of this site.
This memorial, designed by Philip Johnson, was erected by the people of Dallas. Thousands of citizens contributed support, money and effort.
It is not a memorial to the pain and sorrow of death, but stands as a permanent tribute to the joy and excitement of one man’s life. John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s life."
Direction to get there?
Directly adjacent to Old Red Museum, at intersection of Main Street and Market Street. Or, sandwiched between Main Street and Commerce Street. If you stands at Dealey Plaza facing Old Red Museum, JFK Memorial would not be visible as it is hidden behind the Old Red Museum.
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