Parkland Hospital, which was founded in 1894 and will soon move to a new facility, will never be able to leave behind its tragic history. Nor is it trying.
On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally arrived at Parkland's emergency room after being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was later brought to the hospital after being shot himself. He died Nov. 24 in an operating room.
The emergency room unit where Kennedy was pronounced dead is now part of a radiology waiting room and bears a simple bronze plaque.
It states: “Original Site/Trauma 1/November 22, 1963.”