Kennedy Assassination: Alabama Ties


By Glenn Halbrooks

There are stories you probably have never heard about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- and they have Alabama ties.

George T. Davis, a Montgomery native who greatly admired Kennedy's fight to bring racial equality to all Americans, wrote Mrs. Kennedy a sympathy letter in the days after the assassination. It was one of more than 800,000 that she received.

That leter was one of the few chosen for the recent book "Letters to Jackie" which has just been made into a TV documentary. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper read the letter aloud.

Another Alabama connection involves Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. He was invited to speak at Spring Hill College in Mobile about his time living in Russia. His speech was just four months before Kennedy's killing.

Hours after the assassination, FBI agents swarmed onto the campus, trying to find any link between the speech and Kennedy's death. Today, most Spring Hill College students don't know of this eerie connection with one of the darkest days in U.S. history.

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