“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 2, 2010
1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker
On this site
The President of the United States
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
addressed the citizens of the
Tampa Bay Area
and received the ovation of some
10,000 persons on the declaration
of his Latin American policy
Oct. 18, 1960.

Erected 1961 by Hillsborough County Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list.
Location. 27° 56.985′ N, 82° 27.279′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pierce Street and Madison Street on North Pierce Street. Marker is mounted on the wall of a planter outside the main entrance of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, to the left of the doors when facing the building. The courthouse is located in Downtown Tampa where Madison Street dead-ends into North Pierce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 North Pierce Street, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 2, 2010
2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker
The marker appears under the right-most palm tree. To its left is HYDRIA, two large rainwater cisterns disguised as public art, and in the far left, the Hillsborough County War Memorial.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Memoria In Aeterna, 1911 (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial I (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial II (about 300 feet away); 1851 † 1891 (about 400 feet away); Hillsborough Lodge (about 500 feet away); Orange Grove Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The 1960 speech was not Kennedy's last visit to Tampa. JFK again visited Tampa on November 18, 1963, when he greeted thousands lining the city streets as his motorcade passed. Kennedy rode in the very same convertible in which, four days later, he rode through Dallas as he was shot and killed.

The assassination which occurred on November 22 in Dallas had originally been planned to occur in Tampa. The Tampa hit was called off after an informant leaked the plan to law enforcement.
Additional keywords. JFK, speech, courthouse
Hillsborough County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 8, 2010
3. Hillsborough County Courthouse
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Marker is barely visible mounted on the inside wall of the planter at left. It was here where Kennedy addressed a crowd of ten-thousand in 1960.
Hotel Floridan image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 30, 2010
4. Hotel Floridan
The hotel, once the tallest building in Florida, was to have been the location from which a gunman would have targeted President Kennedy, had the planned Tampa assassination not have been called off.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,217 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   4. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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