A public chapel. A new museum. A mile-long rose garden lining Dealey Plaza. These were only a few of the suggestions for a Kennedy memorial in Dallas. Many wanted the Texas School Book Depository razed to the ground. Others believed that a "living memorial" to a cause Kennedy held dear -- elder care, programs for mentally challenged citizens, a new performing arts venue -- would make the most fitting tribute. The Dallas John F. Kennedy Citizens Memorial Commission considered them all, while balancing civic concerns with those of JFK's family.
SMU's Stanley Marcus and Earle Cabell Collections contain letters, clippings, and other documentation of the quest to establish a permanent JFK memorial in Dallas.
The Citizens Memorial Committee: Documents from the Marcus and Cabell Collections, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University:
Tributes From the Marcus and Cabell Collections, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University: