In a haunting memory of a sad day, the President John F. Kennedy assassination car is still around for people to see. Kennedy, along with his wife Jackie, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie, were together on Nov. 22, 1963. As the car wound its way through Dealey Plaza, Kennedy was shot and killed. Secret Service agent Clint Hill ran to hop on the back of the limousine.
When the limousine arrived at Parkland Hospital, Kennedy was taken into the emergency room. He was pronounced dead there as the world wept to this news. But what would happen to the car? Well, it remained in service to other presidents.
After the Kennedy assassination car was used, several safety changes were made to the 1961 Lincoln Continental. Among them were a steel roof, bulletproof glass on fixed windows, and an armored steel body. Additional adjustments were made, including a pop-top on the roof so Richard Nixon could wave to people. Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter used this limousine while they were in office.
Kennedy Car Now Resides In Michigan
These days, you can find this historic Kennedy assassination car in Dearborn, Michigan. It’s at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Now, why did the Kennedy assassination car get there? We have an answer from Ford founder Henry Ford’s website, according to Click on Detroit. The website states, “Henry Ford’s presidential Lincolns were leased to the White House. As the leases ended, the cars returned to Ford Motor Company and the firm gifted them to the museum.”
Being able to see this car still around might upset some people. After all, it was one of the most horrible periods in American history. Citizens learned of the assassination through television network break-ins on CBS, ABC, and NBC. Along with those, radio networks broke in to carry minute-by-minute updates.
Stories over the years from everyday Americans have shared where they were when news broke of this. It was on a Friday afternoon and television networks were running their usual programming. Radio stations carried either radio network programming or local news or music shows.
A Nation In Grief Mourned Together
Once bulletins started hitting the airwaves, citizens found themselves in a state of shock. School teachers could be seen crying, according to adults who were children in 1963. Employees found themselves either walking around or standing outside listening to transistor radios.
For many people, news of Kennedy’s death came through a somber Walter Cronkite on CBS. NBC was able to go live from its New York studios, but also pick up reports from WBAP-TV in Dallas. Newspapers picked up bulletins from the Associated Press and United Press International for their readership.
When visitors go to see this Lincoln Continental, they will be swept back to a time and place that America will never forget. Networks carried live coverage over the next three or four days. This also allowed people to see Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby live on television.
So, go check out this Lincoln Continental, one that carries horrible memories of the Kennedy assassination with it.
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