The Last Campaign of Robert F. Kennedy: A Photodocumentary by Rachel Scott

Black and white photograph of Robert F Kennedy speaking in front of a crowd of students
Rachel Scott (American, b. 1947). RFK at K-State, 1968. Digital print from film source. Collection of the Artist. © Rachel Scott, 2020. Used with permission from The Kansas State Collegian. L2020.4.6

Balcony Gallery

On March 18, 1968, thousands of people flocked to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, to hear Landon Lecture Series speaker Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s speech entitled “Conflict at Vietnam and at Home.” Two days prior, he had announced his run for president of the United States. One of the people who came to the lecture, Rachel Scott, was a college student as well as a photographer and reporter for the Kansas State Collegian. She later took photographs in Nebraska before the state primary in May. After the school year ended, she traveled on her own to document Kennedy’s campaign in California. This exhibition features never-before-published photographs Scott took of those events and the 25-hour vigil after Kennedy had been shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. On June 6,1968, Robert F. Kennedy was pronounced dead at the age of 42. This exhibition tells Scott’s story of Kennedy’s campaign, which ended with his death.

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