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November 26, 2013

Motorola Solutions assists city of Dallas, Texas, with Kennedy assassination 50th anniversary exhibit

As the Dallas, Texas, Municipal Archives prepared an exhibit for the 50th anniversary of the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, one item they wanted to include from their collection was a Motorola T31BAT-1130A Dispatcher mobile two-way radio. They believed this radio was used on a motorcycle in the presidential motorcade. The Dallas City Archivist contacted Motorola Solutions’ heritage team for more information, and asked if Motorola could loan accessories to accompany their radio in the exhibit.

After consulting with a Dallas-based Motorola engineer about the city’s long history in radio communications, research was conducted on the serial and model numbers located on the Dallas radio, after which Motorola determined that the radio was correct for the time period. Motorola also located a period-specific Motorola radio control head / speaker combination and handheld microphone. These items are now on display in Dallas City Hall alongside the Dispatcher mobile radio.

Please see the link below for the Associated Press story about the exhibit, including a Motorola mention. Items provided by Motorola Solutions are visible in slide 3.

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