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. ••