Puffy-Eyed JFK of the Dam

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Heber Springs, Arkansas

The memorial overlooking Greer's Ferry Dam is one of many odd interpretations of JFK's head made in the years immediately following his assassination. The anonymous sculptor (possibly from Missouri) gave the President thin kissy lips and a flattened face that looks as if it's pressing through a piece of Saran Wrap. The folds around his eyes are exaggerated, an older or more tired President seemingly depicted.

JFK stood on the spot occupied by the bronze head, to dedicate the Greers Ferry Dam, only a few weeks before he was killed.

The other speaker at the dam that day was the governor of Arkansas, who used his speech to attack JFK's program of civil rights for African Americans.

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Puffy-Eyed JFK of the Dam

Greers Ferry Dam

Address:
Heber Springs Rd N., Heber Springs, AR
Directions:
At the Greer's Ferry Dam overlook, which is on the southeast side of the dam. The head is on the south side of the parking lot.
Admission:
Free
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