Newseum JFK Exhibit to Feature Never-Before-Seen Artifacts From the Assassination

Newseum JFK Exhibit to Feature Never-Before-Seen Artifacts From the Assassination

The Newseum will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a new exhibit opening April 12, 2013, featuring several key assassination artifacts that have never been publicly displayed. Some of the items on display in "Three Shots Were Fired" were with Lee Harvey Oswald at the time of his arrest on Nov. 22, 1963. The exhibit also will feature the Bell & Howell 8 mm movie camera used by Abraham Zapruder, the only eyewitness to capture the entire assassination on film. The Oswald and Zapruder artifacts are on loan to the Newseum from the National Archives.

Never-before-displayed artifacts in the Newseum exhibit include:

  • The long-sleeve shirt Lee Harvey Oswald was wearing when he was arrested an hour and 20 minutes after the assassination.
  • The jacket belonging to Oswald that police believe he discarded at a gas station after shooting Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit.
  • The wallet Oswald was carrying at the time of his arrest and its contents, including his selective service card, military IDs, pictures of his family and his Fair Play for Cuba card.
  • The blanket Oswald used to hide his rifle in the garage of a family friend near Dallas.

"Three Shots Were Fired" examinesthe events that began with Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. A United Press International bulletin broke the news that the president had been shot, and minutes later, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite began four days of unprecedented television coverage, including the unforgettable moment when he reported to the nation that Kennedy was dead.

In addition to the items on loan from the National Archives, the exhibit will feature more than 100 rarely seen artifacts, including:

  • The first UPI bulletin reporting that "three shots were fired" at the president's motorcade.
  • The typewriter Kennedy used aboard Air Force One.
  • Radio logs recorded by the Dallas Police Department on the day of the assassination.
  • The service revolver carried by Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who leapt aboard the presidential limousine after the shots were fired.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy's personal schedule for Nov. 21-22, 1963, marked in red pen with her handwritten notes.
  • A drum used in Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington.

"Three Shots Were Fired" will open in conjunction with another exhibit, "Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe," as part of a year-long exploration of Kennedy's life, presidency and death. A Newseum-produced film, "A Thousand Days," will recount the youthful glamour the Kennedy family brought to the White House and highlight newsworthy moments of a presidency cut short. The exhibits and film will be on display through Jan. 5, 2014.

Premier sponsorship support for "Three Shots Were Fired" has been provided by Altria Group and CBS.

The Newseum - a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history - offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The Newseum ranks as one of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., and more than 3 million people have visited since it opened in 2008. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at National Archives holdings include the JFK Assassination Records Collection that consists of more than five million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Online at

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