Plans advance for Officer Tippit memorial

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 24 at 8:40 PM

DALLAS — Just two days after News 8 first reported on the idea to put a historical marker at the spot where Officer J.D. Tippit was killed by suspected Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, support is quickly growing.

Farris Rookstool knows well the spot where Tippit died on 10th Street, having been the FBI analyst who was the custodian of Kennedy assassination records for the bureau.

"Having a marker here is very important to mark the spot and to educate future generations," Rookstool said.

He agreed to help the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League with its application for a Texas Historical Commission marker to place on property where the new Adamson High School is going.

"Before long, all of these houses — if they are scraped off and new structures put here — it'll be very difficult for people to orient themselves to where was the exact location," Rookstool said.

With the landmark application process under way, ideas are being developed to raise money privately to cover the cost of the marker.

Some Dallas police officers are seeking department approval to sell J.D. Tippit medallions to raise money, and other civic organizations may also be interested.

Rookstool was instrumental in arranging for Dallas police this week to honor citizen Temple Bowley, who called for help on Tippit's radio that fateful day in 1963.

Rookstool said he doesn't think raising the money for a state historical marker will be difficult. "I think people would really rally around that," he said.

 

The state could approve the marker next year.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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