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Property Name Dallas Downtown Historic District
Reference Number AD_04000894_11_29_2013
State Texas
County Dallas
Town Dallas
Street Address
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Accepted 11/29/2013
Areas of Significance
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The old Dallas Municipal Building is nationally significant as the site of well-documented events associated with the Kennedy Assassination that occurred between Friday, November 22 and Sunday, November 24, 1963. Following Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest at the Texas Theater in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, he was brought to the Municipal Building, which housed the city police department and the city jail, to be arraigned for the murder of Patrolman J.D. Tippitt. Oswald stood in police lineups and spoke with members of the press before being formally arraigned for the murder of President Kennedy the following day. On Sunday, November 24, Jack Ruby shot Oswald in the basement of the Municipal Building as he was being transferred to the Dallas County Jail, an event witnessed by millions as it was broadcast live on nationwide television. The Dallas Municipal Building meets Criterion A in the area of Politics/Government and Law at the national level of significance as site of key legal proceedings and related events that occurred in Dallas immediately after the Kennedy Assassination..


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