RICH AND POOR MOURN RFK IN NEW YORK CITY
New York City (JFK+50) St. Patrick's Cathedral* on Fifth Avenue here in New York City was the scene 45 years ago today, June 7, 1968, of thousands of mourners, rich and poor alike, paying their respects to Senator Robert Francis Kennedy.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York City (2012)
Photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST
*St. Patrick's Cathedral is located on the east side of 5th Ave. between 50th and 51st Streets in Manhattan.
The architect was James Renwick, Jr. and the style is Gothic Revival. St. Patrick's was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879.
Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of NY from 1939 to 1967 is interred in the cathedral.
The mourners "wept, crossed themselves and some kissed his coffin in bereavement."
Some were dressed in work clothes while others were in business suits and dresses.
The mourners passed the closed casket in two single file lines at the rate of 5000 each hour.
The Mass for Robert F. Kennedy began at 6 a.m.
A priest said...
'Let us pray that God will bless Bobby Kennedy, that God will bless this nation...'
This was just one of 8 Masses held on June 7, 1968.
Funeral services for the slain New York Senator were scheduled for the following morning, June 8, 1968, beginning at 10 a.m.
The body of the Senator was flown to New York on June 6 where it was taken off the plane by Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy and Bobby's eldest sons, Joseph and Robert, Jr.
Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Bobby's mother, waited inside St. Patrick's Cathedral for the arrival of her son's body. Bobby's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., unable to attend due to poor health, remained in Hyannis Port.
Mrs. John F. Kennedy also waited inside the cathedral and knelt and wept beside the casket when it was in position.
33 Kennedy family members, friends and assistants were on board the flight that brought RFK's remains to New York including John Seigenthaler, editor of the Nashville Tennessean and former assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
"Thousands Say Farewell to Bobby," The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Friday, June 7, 1968.