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CLOSING Looking Back: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Closing! Sunday, November 20th, 2016 is the last day to view this exhibit!

 

Location:

Austin History Center, Earl Holt Photo Gallery
810 Guadalupe, Austin, TX

Gallery hours are Thurs. - Sat., 2 - 6PM
This exhibit is free and open to the public

On August 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, a twenty-five year old University of Texas student and ex-marine, climbed to the top of the iconic University of Texas Clock Tower and went on a shooting spree, killing 14 people and wounding at least 33 others. In the early morning hours prior to the UT attack, Whitman murdered his beloved mother and then his wife in cold blood. Another individual died years later of complications from a gunshot wound inflicted during the UT attack, bringing the total death toll to 17. At the time, this seemingly senseless massacre of civilians was unprecedented and considered the worst mass murder in modern U.S. history. The AHC’s new exhibit, “Looking Back: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” seeks to better our understanding of this tragic event, both in the context of its time and impact locally, as well as how we can and should learn from the experience today as our country continues to experience a seeming epidemic of mass shootings on school campuses and other public areas. The exhibit opens July 26 and runs through November 20, 2016.

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