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"Six White Horses" by Candy Geer

Object Number: 2007.011.0001
Category: Books
Type of Object: Book
Dimensions: 6 9/16 × 9 3/16 × 1/2 in. (16.7 × 23.3 × 1.3 cm) Other (Open): 6 9/16 × 18 3/8 in. (16.7 × 46.7 cm)
Medium: Cardboard, Paper
Book titled "Six White Horses," which is an illustrated poem from the perspective of John F. Kennedy, Jr., written by Candy Geer, a high school student from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The text of the 26-page book is a poem that Ms. Geer wrote the evening of President John F. Kennedy's funeral, November 25, 1963.

The black and white illustrations in the book were by another high school student, Leslie Bennett from Detroit, Michigan. The book was produced by Charles Manos and Lauren Wild. M & W Quill Publishing Co. of Ann Arbor, Michigan own the rights to the book. It has a copyright date of March 1964. The book was lithographed by Braun-Brumfield, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The front cover of the book has a black and white drawing of the president's funeral procession.

On the reverse of the front fly leaf is the following text printed in black:

"In Memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Many tributes have been paid to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. But perhaps none has been as warm and as unique as this poem "Six White Horses" by an American teenager. The poem, about that sad Monday in November, captures for posterity the wonderful, happy relations that existed between the late President and his young son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. ... 'John-John.'"

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Curator's Notes

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Mourning a President," about the funeral and mourning rites for President John F. Kennedy, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from November 17, 2017 to February 19, 2018. -- Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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