|President Kennedy, Caroline, and Jackie relaxing|
Actually, the Kennedy exhibition will consist of 3 separate productions. One, called Creating Camelot, will feature intimate photos, some of which have never been seen in public before, to capture that unique feeling of the Kennedy presidency. The second, entitled Three Shots Were Fired, will detail that tragic Nov. 22, 1963 day in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. The 3rd, A Thousand Days, will be a Newseum-produced film shown on a 100-foot-wide video screen. It will use original footage and interviews to examine Kennedy's presidency and family life in the White House.
|President Kennedy with some of the younger members of his clan|
|Sign of those times|
|Notebooks from Civil Rights reporters|
Much of next year's exhibition will detail conditions African-Americans had been facing earlier and were continuing to face in the early 1960s. Again, as is always the case, the items on early view also had journalistic importance. Displayed items included the Frank Leslie illustrated magazine story about the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision and part of a series of 11 articles noted black journalist Carl Rowan wrote about the separate but unequal education in the South just prior to the Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
Of all the items on display, I found an actual Aug. 11, 1761 ad from a Maryland paper placed by George Washington to be the most intriguing. The ad promised a 40-shilling reward for 4 slaves - Peros (35/40), Jack (30), Neptune (23/36) and Cupid (23/26) - who had escaped from Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The ad said that 2 of the escaped slaves spoke English poorly, but 2 spoke the language well. The ad closed with these words: "If they should be taken f(s)eparately, the Reward will be proportioned."