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Community College remembers JFK

Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia will host a day of re­mem­brance on Fri­day, Nov. 22, mark­ing the 50th an­niversary of the death of John Kennedy.

For the first time, the Col­lege will open to the pub­lic a coin art ex­hib­it show­cas­ing the life and works of Gil­roy Roberts, the ninth chief  en­graver of the U.S. Mint whose sig­na­ture metal­lic por­trait of Pres­id­ent John F. Kennedy was used for the ob­verse (face side) of the Kennedy half-dol­lar. The 1,000-square-foot ex­hib­it called “Gil­roy Roberts: Mas­ter­ing the Craft” is housed in the cor­ridors of the Mint build­ing’s ro­tunda. The Mint build­ing formerly served as the home of the na­tion’s third U.S. Mint in Phil­adelphia.

A brief ce­re­mony hon­or­ing Kennedy will be­gin at noon in the ro­tunda, which is on Spring Garden Street between 16th and 17th streets. Stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff will mark the 50th an­niversary of Kennedy’s as­sas­sin­a­tion with brief re­marks, re­flec­tion and a sol­emn flag ce­re­mony fea­tur­ing an hon­or guard. The event will con­clude with a mo­ment of si­lence at 12:30 p.m. ••

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