DALLAS -- After 49 years, on Tuesday Dallas finally recognized the location where Officer J.D. Tippit stopped Lee Harvey Oswald after President Kennedy was assassinated.

The marker movement got underway two years ago, after News 8 pointed out the long lapse in attention for the history there.

In 2010, the area was under construction for the expansion of Adamson High School. But thanks to the efforts of the Dallas ISD, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and the Texas Historical Foundation, the state marker was unveiled Tuesday, on a sunny afternoon similar to that day 49 years ago darkened by tragedy when Oswald killed Tippit.

Tippit's family and widow, Marie, as well as former police colleagues gathered to dedicate a remembrance long delayed.

I'm so excited about it, Marie said. I feel so honored and that they're honoring J.D. like this.

The Texas Historical Commission marker stands at 10th and Patton, and describes how Tippit gave his life while questioning Oswald, but set in motion the events that led to Oswald's arrest.

His daughter, Brenda, appreciates that, but she also remembers him as Daddy. She was 10 when her father died.

I was always hanging on to him. All the time, Brenda said. He was always smiling, always laughing, always telling a joke. And I miss him to this day.

Curtis, one of Tippit's two sons, said this will be a place for the family to visit, too.

I would always kind of dread this time of year -- the 22nd, y'know, Curtis said. And so it just really makes a mark now and for my kids and everyone to be able to come to.

The marker is on the expanded Adamson High School campus as a real history lesson, and Dallas ISD board trustee Eric Cowan hopes it's used as such.

My hope is, this will provide students here with a regular reminder of the sacrifice made here, and a glimpse into an important piece of American history, Cowan said.

Although long ignored, this location, what Tippit did here, and his sacrifice will finally be marked forever.


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