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[VIDEO] Nov. 22, 1963 | JFK Motorcade into Dallas

Nov. 22, 1963 - Air Force One arrived at Dallas Love Field at 11:40 a.m. President Kennedy and the First Lady boarded a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible limousine to travel to a luncheon at the Dallas Market Center. Other occupants of this vehicle — the second in the motorcade — were Secret Service Agent Bill Greer, who drove; Special Agent Roy Kellerman in the front passenger seat; and Governor Connally and his wife Nellie, who sat just forward of the Kennedys. Four Dallas police motorcycle officers accompanied the Kennedy limousine. Vice President Johnson, his wife Lady Bird, and Senator Yarborough rode in another convertible. The motorcade's meandering 10-mile route through Dallas was designed to give President Kennedy maximum exposure to crowds by passing through a suburban section of Dallas and Main Street in downtown Dallas before turning right on Houston Street. After another block, the motorcade was to turn left onto Elm Street, pass through Dealey Plaza, and travel a short segment of the Stemmons Freeway to the Trade Mart. The planned route had been reported in newspapers several days in advance. Despite concerns about hostile protestors — UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson had been spat on in Dallas one month earlier — President Kennedy was greeted warmly by enthusiastic crowds.


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