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Area Woman Auctioning Off Rare Photo of JFK

WYANDOTTE, Okla. -- This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And a woman from northeastern Oklahoma has chosen now to share a never before published picture -- taken just minutes before Kennedy's death.
WYANDOTTE, Okla. -- This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.   And a woman from northeastern Oklahoma has chosen now to share a never before published picture -- taken just minutes before Kennedy's death.
   
"It was just kind of a disbelief, here everybody's really excited, the president's come to Dallas, and then shortly afterwards, it's like-he's dead."

Nancy Macia was nine and living in a Dallas suburb when President Kennedy was shot in 1963. Her father was actually at the parade at the time of the shooting, and even snapped this photograph of the president before he was shot.

"Well the picture's never been seen before, this is the very first time the picture has ever been published in any manner."

 Macia says this picture was taken with a brownie camera, and that the photograph was taken not even ten minutes before the president was shot.

Paul Zagorski is a professor of political science at Pittsburg State University. He says fifty years later the effects of the assassination of President Kennedy  still remain.  "It was a big deal at the time, I think it's a big deal now," Zagorski note. "A lot of people have dated the 1960's from the moment of the assassination, rather from the actual beginning of the decade because it really changed the tone of politics."

But for Macia, this photograph doesn't sum up our nation's history so much as her family's history. Macia's father died in 1999 of cancer, and with the 50th anniversary of the assassination taking place this week, she's decided to auction the photograph off and a portion of proceeds will go toward an area family dealing with cancer, in memory of her dad.
"I tell you what, there were two really great men. One of them being my dad that taken the picture, and the other is the man that is in the picture."

And with the negatives and actual camera burned long ago in a house fire, she says this photograph truly is one of a kind.

Macia says she's had a lot of interest in the picture over the years from various museum and collectors, even the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

The photograph will be auctioned off by Carl Junction Auctions on December 17th.   



(Liz Holliday, KOAM-Joplin for CBS Newspath)


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