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On the 50th Anniversary of Paul Fusco’s “RFK Funeral Train”

By May 23, 2018 ASMP History, Current News

Screenshot of article on Paul Fusco posted on PhotoShelter BlogCross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog
[by Allen Murabayashi]

On June 8, 1968, following a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Paul Fusco boarded a 21-car train at Penn Station with the casket of Robert F. Kennedy. The “Funeral Train” was to journey from New York to Washington D.C., where Kennedy would be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

On assignment for Look magazine, the 38-year old Fusco was stunned by the throngs of people who lined up to get a last and fleeting glimpse of the beloved politician. What should have been a 4-hour journey doubled in time as the train crawled from station to station acknowledging crowds that had gathered in waiting – sometimes for hours – in the working class neighborhoods of the northeast corridor through which the train passed.

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