Oswald’s lesser-known victim front-and-center at Top Ten Records

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The family of J.D. Tippit, the Dallas Police Officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald following the JFK assassination, was on hand Saturday during an exhibit about the officer’s career at Top Ten Records.

Marie Tippit with her children Brenda and Curtis. Former Top Ten Records owner Mike Polk is at left.

Tippit’s widow, Marie, and two of their children, Curtis and Brenda, attended the exhibit, curated by Dallas city archivist John Slate.

After a description of the assassin came across the radio on Nov. 22, 1963, Tippit stopped Oswald, who was walking in the 400 block of Tenth Street, near Adamson High School. Oswald shot Tippit four times, and he died at Methodist hospital.

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Tippit supposedly had used the telephone at Top Ten just before he was killed.

The Tippit exhibit at Top Ten includes photos, maps and documents from the Dallas Police Department Kennedy Collection, which are housed at the Dallas Municipal Archives.

The exhibit is up through the end of November.

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  • downtownworker

    This was a neat exhibit and a great reason to see the new Top Ten Records. In fact, you’ll notice A LOT of changes to this block of Jefferson when you go there.