A Texas Historical Marker was officially dedicated on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the site where Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit was slain nearly 49 years before on Nov. 22, 1963, near 10th and Patton streets in Oak Cliff.
In attendance were Officer Tippit’s widow, Marie Tippit; Dallas Police Chief David Brown; Dallas ISD Trustee Eric Cowan; members of Tippit's extended family and many representatives from the Dallas Police Department.
The marker relates the events of the day leading up to Tippit's involvement, the time at which he was killed and what happened soon after.
Tippit was patrolling Oak Cliff during the hour following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Tippit saw Oswald walking down 10th Street and slowed down his patrol car to ask him a question. Witnesses say Oswald shot Tippit four times. Oswald was later arrested in the Texas Theater a few blocks away.
The historical marker is located just across the street from where the shooting happened. The land, which was part of a residential street in 1963, is now owned by Dallas ISD and is part of the newly expanded W.H. Adamson High School campus. The ceremony will include Adamson’s JROTC, the Dallas Police Department Choir, Mr. Amonett and Dallas ISD Trustee Eric Cowan, who represents the part of Oak Cliff where the historical marker will be placed.
The marker is part of a small plaza made possible by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation.
Members of the Adamson High School JROTC presented the colors. The Dallas Police Choir sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America."
Photos: Top left, members of the W.H. Adamson JROTC. Top right, Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Middle, the Dallas Police Choir sings "The Star-Spangled Banner." Bottom left, Trustee Eric Cowan. Bottom right, Marie Tippit, the widow of Officer J.D. Tippit.