FORT WORTH — A plan at least two decades old to install a statue of President John F. Kennedy near the place where he gave his final public address is nearing completion.
The Fort Worth City Council approved a plan last month to give $250,000 to an affiliate of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., which promotes downtown and is raising money for the Kennedy statue and other improvements in General Worth Square.
Farris Rookstool III, who championed setting aside a Fort Worth site for the 8-foot statue, said he is happy that someone is stepping forward for the city. "I've always referred to the park project as the JFK Field of Dreams," he said. "If you would build it, people would come."
People sometimes forget about the Fort Worth leg of the Kennedy trip, Rookstool said. The Sixth Floor Museum has become a tourist attraction, and there is a chance that marking the spot of Kennedy’s last public speech might draw people to Fort Worth, Rookstool said.
"It was his last happy moment," he said.
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