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Image of Governor Connally's blood-spattered hat hanging in Jesse Curry's office

Object Number: 1994.003.0016.0002
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. Image shows Texas Governor John Connally's blood-spattered hat hanging on a rack in Chief Jesse Curry's office at police headquarters the evening of the assassination.
Curator's Notes

Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry returned to Dallas police headquarters around 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, after witnessing the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One at Dallas Love Field. No one knows exactly when and how Curry ended up with the blood-stained hat that Texas Governor John Connally held in his lap during the Dallas motorcade, but Curry had it hanging on a rack in his office when Dallas Morning News chief photographer Tom Dillard arrived with his camera sometime after 8:30 p.m. In addition to this photograph, Dillard took a series of images of Chief Curry seated at his desk. - Stephen Fagin, Curator   

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