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Last Rites: 1968

Last Rites: 1968

June 8, 1968. "Funeral cortege of Robert F. Kennedy." Mourners viewing RFK's funeral train as it made its way from New York to Washington after his assassination. 35mm Kodachrome from photos by Paul Fusco and Thomas Koeniges for Look magazine. View full size.

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... a piece of history passed me.

Just off North Point Blvd in Baltimore the funeral train rode by a crowd similar to the one above and because of backlighting coming through the windows I caught a glimpse of people in the car, the casket and someone bending over and looking down at it. My sister and I both believe the person bending was Robert Kennedy.

[Um, Robert Kennedy is the guy *in* the casket, so probably not! - Dave]

It's an image burned onto my retina and all I have to do to remember that moment is close my eyes and I can feel the sense of loss the whole country and that bending figure felt at the time.

(We knew who was in the casket but we both to this day think it looked like Robert Kennedy. Twilight Zone Time? Mass Hysteria? Wishful Thinking?

There is a book that collects the photos from this journey

It's very moving. Can be found on and elsewhere;

RFK Funeral Train by Paul Fusco

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