Almost 50 years after President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed, visitors at the “Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & The Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination” exhibit are transported back in time to the scene of the assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
The exhibit reflects a tumultuous time in U.S. history that still evokes controversy over the Warren Commission finding that one shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, was responsible for Kennedy’s assassination.
The highlight of the exhibit is a full-scale model of the 1961 Lincoln limousine President Kennedy was riding in when he was hit by two bullets during a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. When sitting in the rear seat of the model, where Kennedy was sitting at the time of the assassination, visitors can observe from computer monitors built into the model where the bullets struck the president and the view from other key vantage points, including from the Texas Book Depository window where Oswald was perched when he fired the shots.
In addition to the limousine model and cameras in the exhibit’s Assassination Room, the Investigation Room includes a model of Dealey Plaza that shows the trajectories of the three shots that Oswald fired from the Depository window, and such artifacts as copies of the 1964 Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Evening Bulletin announcing the findings of the Warren Commission; selected volumes from Arlen Specter’s personal set of hearing transcripts; and a signed letter by former CIA director Allen Dulles to former U.S. Pennsylvania Sen. Hugh Scott recommending Specter’s work on the Warren Commission.