Dealey Plaza, built from 1934 to 1940, forms part of the western end of downtown Dallas. It is named after longtime Dallas Morning News publisher and philanthropist George Bannerman Dealey. Three parallel streets meet here in order to pass under a railway line in the west. The other three sides of the plaza are multi-story buildings, including the Texas School Book Depository , a warehouse on the north side. The structure of the plaza has hardly changed since the attack. The few redesigns of the square are currently being reversed by the City of Dallas.
Since October 12, 1993, Dealey Plaza has had the status of a National Historic Landmark as a Historic District , after it had been registered as Dealey Plaza Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places six months earlier .
Assassination attempt on John F. Kennedy
On November 22, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed at Dealey Plaza on the way from the airport to downtown. According to official sources, the fatal shot from the Texas School Book Depository was fired by Lee Harvey Oswald . Several witnesses said they heard gunshots from a hill known as Grassy Knoll to the northwest of the plaza.
- Willis C. Winters, John H. Slate: Dealey Plaza. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston 2013, ISBN 978-1-4671-3022-6 , pp. 71f.
- Hill, wooden fence, Sagittarius? in FAZ of November 21, 2013, page R4.
Dealey Plaza Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places , accessed February 23, 2020.
Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Texas. National Park Service , accessed February 23, 2020.