About 1:15 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963, duty placed Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit near the corner of Tenth and Patton Streets in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Forty-five minutes after shots were fired at President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade in Dealey Plaza, Officer Tippit was shot and killed while questioning a suspect. The tragic loss of Officer Tippit was overshadowed by the assassination of President Kennedy and the shooting of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald two days later.
For the very first time—and on what would have been J.D. Tippit’s 90th birthday—The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will formally recognize this fallen officer. In a personal conversation with the slain officer’s widow Marie Tippit and members of his family, we will learn what the loss of J.D. Tippit meant to them and how the officer’s death affected the Dallas Police Department and the city of Dallas. The program will be moderated by journalist and author Hugh Aynesworth, the only reporter to be present at the president's assassination, the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald and the shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby.