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Image of crowd outside Dallas police department on Commerce Street

Object Number: 1994.003.0030
Category: Photographs
Type of Object: Negative (b&w)
Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 5.7 cm)
Medium: Film
Description
Original black and white negative by a Dallas Morning News photographer. This image shows the crowd gathered outside the Dallas police headquarters on Commerce Street on the Sunday after the assassination, the day the Dallas police were scheduled to move alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald from the city jail to the county jail. The KRLD-TV remote truck is visible on the right behind the WBAP-TV truck.

Curator's Notes

The thick cables at the left carried power to the trucks along with video and audio signals from cameras still on the third floor outside the Homicide & Robbery Bureau offices.  The cables reportedly snaked through the office of Chief Jesse Curry. - Gary Mack, Curator

Notice the fallout shelter sign on the left side of this photograph? Such designated areas were common civil defense measures during the Cold War era. The term "fallout" referred to the radioactive dust that formed in the aftermath of a nuclear fireball; an underground shelter would provide some protection against these particles until the radiation had decayed to a safer level. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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