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Image of Dallas police chief Jesse Curry in his office

Object Number: 1994.003.0015.0001
Category: Photographs
Photographer: Tom C. Dillard
Type of Object: Negative (b&w)
Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 5.7 cm)
Medium: Film
Original black and white negative by Dallas Morning News chief photographer Tom Dillard. The image shows Dallas police chief Jesse Curry back in his office the evening of the assassination.

Curator's Notes

This photograph was taken sometime after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963. Curry returned to Dallas police headquarters around 4:00 p.m. that day after witnessing the swearing-in of President Lyndon Johnson at Dallas Love Field. That evening, the chief took Governor John Connally's blood-stained Stetson hat - the one that had been in his lap throughout the motorcade - to his office and hung it on a nearby hat rack.  No one knows exactly when or why Curry ended up with Connally's hat.  Dallas Morning News chief photographer Tom Dillard heard that Curry had the hat and showed up to photograph it.  At the same time, he captured a series of pictures of Chief Curry at his desk. This photograph is part of that series. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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