Located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument to the former president. The memorial was designed and noted by Philip Johnson in 1970. Johnson, a famed architect and family friend of the Kennedy family, received approval from Jacqueline Kennedy to construct the monument. According to Johnson, the memorial was intended to be "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth."
Made of simple concrete, the memorial sits 200 yards east of Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was assassinated. The John F. Kennedy Memorial is located between Main, Record, Commerce, and Market Streets on the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Plaza.
The design of the monument is a cenotaph, or empty tomb, that Johnson created to symbolize the freedom of Kennedy's spirit.
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial attracts approximately 500,000 visitors a year.
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