Sunday, May 15, 2005

Fence from "Grassy Knoll" up for auction

Some sections of fence taken from the infamous Grassy Knoll will be sold at auction. This was the area in Dallas' Dealey Plaza where many claimed a second gunman fired at President Kennedy when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

The fence was apparently replaced in 2000 and four sections of the fence were retrieved by Dallas tour guide Ronald D. Rice. Each section is approximately six feet long and 4 1/2 feet high. Rice put the sections in storage for a few years until he stopped making payments. The sections were then sold at public auction to Daniel Moses who is the apparent seller for this upcoming auction.

There is some dispute whether these fence sections were actually standing in Dealey Plaza in November 1963. In the years since the assassination, a number of the wooden pickets have been replaced due to vandalism, souvenir hunters and weather. Several of the pickets have graffiti on them including one with the message: "Oswald Was Framed."