Daughters of Charity and the Kennedy Assassination

Kennedy motorcade

President Kennedy’s motorcade passes by a group of spectators in downtown Dallas. The Daughter of Charity cornette can be seen in the foreground. The names of the Sister and the photographer are unknown.

November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. At the time the Daughters of Charity had a thriving presence in Dallas, including health care ministry at St. Paul Hospital (they never ministered at Parkland), social work ministry at Marillac Social Center, and school ministry at Holy Trinity Parish. A large group of children from Holy Trinity School, accompanied by the Sisters and by their pastor, Father Oscar Huber, C.M., witnessed the motorcade that day. Standing at the corner of Lemon and Throckmorton, one Sister who was there later recalled waving to Kennedy as the motorcade passed. Later that day Father Huber would administer the Last Rites to Kennedy at Parkland Hospital.

Father Oscar Huber is buried here, at the Vincentian cemetery at St. Mary's of the Barrens in Perryville, Missouri. He died in 1975.

Father Oscar Huber is buried here, at the Vincentian cemetery at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in Perryville, MO. He died in 1975.

Additional resources about November 22, 1963

For more on Father Huber’s involvement with the events of November 22, 1963, see: Patrick Huber, “Father Oscar Huber, the Kennedy Assassination, and the News Leak Controversy: A Research Note”. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 110, Number 3, January 2007, pp. 380-393

See the website of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza for online exhibits and other materials about the Kennedy assassination.

The November 20 issue of the Des Moines (IA) Register carried a story about Kennedy which includes a picture of Kennedy taken by a Daughter of Charity, Sister Angela Fitzgibbon. Sister Angela died in 1997.

The November 2013 issue of D Magazine includes a photo essay with images of the city of Dallas before and after JFK’s death. One image shows three Daughters of Charity praying at the Grassy Knoll. The image of the Sisters comes from Bettman-Corbis, not from our collection.

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