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Flag draped over President John F. Kennedy’s coffin to be displayed at JFK Library on 60th anniversary of his assassination

The burial and folding of the flag ceremony for President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 25, 1963. Photograph includes: (right side, front to back) Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Shriver, Patricia Lawford, Jean Smith, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery Jack Meltzer, (front row middle to right) President of West Germany Heinrich Luebbe, General Charles de Gaulle of France, Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, President of the Philippines Diosdado Macapagal, and mourners.Abbie Rowe, National Parks Service/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday will display the American flag that was draped over the 35th president’s coffin during his funeral procession, as part of a weeklong tribute to his legacy on the 60th anniversary of his assassination, library officials said.

The flag will only be displayed on Wednesday, but the Dorchester library is holding a special exhibit on the anniversary through Nov. 27, officials said.

Other items include reproductions of messages of condolence that Jacqueline Kennedy received from Martin Luther King Jr., Myrlie Evers, Indira Gandhi, and the widow of J.D. Tippit, the Dallas police officer who was also killed by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, the library said.


The display also includes the sword that the riderless horse, Black Jack, carried during the funeral procession to symbolize Kennedy’s final journey, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy’s handwritten notes on funeral arrangements, officials said.

On Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon, the library will host musical performances from cellist Leland Ko, jazz musician Lumanyano Mzi accompanied by a quartet, and the Boston Arts Academy Spiritual Ensemble, the statement said. The library and museum will close at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“President Kennedy’s time in office remains a powerful chapter in our country’s history,” the library’s director, Alan Price, said in a statement. “Around the world and across generations, people continue to answer President Kennedy’s call to public service. This special remembrance 60 years later is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on his life, his leadership, and his enduring impact on the world.”

Rachel Flor, executive director of the library’s foundation, said that “while November 22nd is the day that we mark the anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, it’s also an opportunity to remember how he lived — his service and sacrifice, his defense of democracy, and his commitment to building a more just and peaceful world.”


Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, during an official visit to Dallas, while riding in a motorcade. Oswald was quickly arrested and fatally shot two days later by nightclub operator Jack Ruby.

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