Dealey Plaza was originally dedicated as a memorial to George Bannerman Dealey, a civic leader devoted to the advancement of the City of Dallas. For 60 years, this park has been a civic gateway to the heart of Dallas from the West; it also commemorates the land on which the City of Dallas and Dallas County were first founded and settled in the 1840s. In 1963, Dealey Plaza's destiny was transformed from humble city gateway and memorial to a world-recognized historical landmark: the tragic site of a fallen President, John F. Kennedy.
For the 50th Anniversary and Memorial ceremony of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the City of Dallas opened its doors and welcomed thousands of visitors to the hallowed grounds of Dealey Plaza on November 22nd. With the restoration completed, the City of Dallas can solemnly reflect on this public space that will live forever in our national consciousness.