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Courtroom sketch of Lyndal Shaneyfelt testifying during the Clay Shaw trial

Object Number: 2004.037.0119
Category: Art
Type of Object: Courtroom sketch
Dimensions: 12 x 17 3/4 in. (30.5 x 45.1 cm)
Medium: Paper
Description
Courtroom sketch of Lyndal Shaneyfelt testifying during the Clay Shaw trial. In the drawing, Shaneyfelt is talking into a microphone he is holding in his right hand, while he gestures to a large scale map of Dealey Plaza with his left hand. Shaw, wearing a blue suit, sits nearby. The artist was Charles Edgerton Kavenagh, who had recently joined ABC News from the New York Herald Tribune.

The bottom of the sketch is signed:
"C. Kavenagh
ABC News - Washington
Clay Shaw Trial 2/14/69 New Orleans"
Curator's Notes

Because cameras were not allowed in the courtroom during the Shaw trial, TV news employed sketch artists to create color drawings of the proceedings for their evening newscast. - Gary Mack, Curator

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