JFK’s Funeral Based On Abraham Lincoln’s, Since the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1979, the curators have avoided showing too much about the assassination of the young president.
On Friday, 50 years after Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas, the library at Columbia Point in Dorchester will open a small exhibit showing artifacts of the 35th president’s funeral it has never displayed before.
“We thought this was the appropriate time to bring them out,” said Stacey Bredhoff, the library’s curator. “We aimed to capture the grief and shock of that moment and the enormity of the event, especially for those who were too young to remember.”
In a room off the lobby, the library will display the cotton flag that draped the president’s coffin and the leather saddle, sword, and back-turned boots from Black Jack, the riderless horse that followed the president’s horse-drawn coffin in the cortege. Also exhibited are handwritten notes about the funeral by Jacqueline Kennedy, a green beret left by a serviceman on the gravesite, and historic footage and photographs of the state funeral.