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Texas Tech University showcases JFK memorabilia


By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - A coffin that once held the body of President John F. Kennedy's assassin is on a California auction block. Lee Harvey Oswald's wooden casket is expected to bring in as much as $100,000. But, there is a treasure chest of JFK memorabilia on the South Plains at Texas Tech University's Southwest Collection that you can learn from for free.

"My brother was Waggoner Carr. He was the attorney general of Texas during the assassination of President Kennedy," said Robert Carr about his late brother who passed away in 2004. Carr frequently had conversations with his brother about what happened that November day.

"I thought maybe a conspiracy, but he told me I was wrong all along and it stayed like that."

Carr's brother, Waggoner, served the state of Texas in more ways than one. He represented West Texans in Austin as a state representative and as attorney general. Waggoner Carr shook President Kennedy's hand just 45 minutes before he was shot. As the story is told, Carr was to speak at an engagement in Dumas and could not make it to Dallas with the motorcade. Carr heard the news before his plane touched the ground. As attorney general, he lead the first investigation into the assassination.

Over the years he sent thousands of pieces of what he had collected to Texas Tech and now researchers, authors and curious minds alike can see it all.

"The general public can come and read these depositions that tell what happened in Dealey Plaza that day," said Monte Monroe, an archivist with the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University.

The Carr Collection at the Southwest Collection includes books, magazines, pictures and even handwritten depositions from Lee Harvey Oswald and his wife.

You can see the collection anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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