Memorial Library plaque.

JFK: I'll Be Back in 1964

Field review by the editors.

Waterbury, Connecticut

In 1962 President Kennedy stood near this spot, now marked with a bronze plaque, and promised a cheering crowd of 50,000 that he'd return to Waterbury on "the last week of the 1964 campaign." JFK couldn't keep his promise; he was assassinated in 1963. The plaque, however, asserts that "his pledge was fulfilled" anyway, on its intended anniversary, when it was dedicated by -- President Kennedy's brother, Bobby Kennedy.

Bobby made no pledge to return on the last week of his 1968 presidential campaign, by which time he had also been assassinated.

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JFK: I'll Be Back in 1964

Address:
30 W. Main St., Waterbury, CT
Directions:
The plaque is bolted at ground level to the front of 30 W. Main St., just to right of its green entrance awning. It's on the north side of W. Main St. between Prospect and N. Main Sts.
Admission:
Free
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