Photos of RFK mourners lining the train tracks

This is another gem we studied in my visual journalism class today.

PROCESSION: After Kennedy’s funeral in New York the morning of June 8, 1968, his body was transported to Washington. Mourners, about a million by some estimates, lined the tracks, and the trip, usually about four hours, took twice that long. Photo by Paul Fusco.Watch this three-minute slideshow and listen as photographer Paul Fusco describes his famous series shot from the train carrying Robert F. Kenney’s body from New York City to Washington, D.C. He was shocked to find so many Americans, about a million by some estimates, saluting Kennedy’s procession. The journey usually lasts four hours, but because of the mourners lining the tracks it took twice that long.

“It was eight hours of just constant flood of emotion,” Fusco said.

His photos captured the way people felt about RFK, and his photos document that history in a way words cannot. I always wonder what might have been if RFK hadn’t been shot in ’68…

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