Senator-elect Robert F. Kennedy of New York dedicated a union housing project named in honour?
MS Robert Kennedy walking through crowd shaking hands
MS Children watching
MS Mr. Kennedy on platform, shakes hands
CU Mexican man
MCU Mr. Kennedy speaking
MS Mr. Kennedy shakes hands with Lopez Mateos, they sit down
Kennedy pulls back drapes - shakes hands with Lopez Mateos
Pan shot of housing project
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Background: Senator-elect Robert F. Kennedy of New York dedicated a union housing project named in honour of his late brother, President John F. Kennedy, Tuesday (17 November) in Mexico City.
The film shows general views of the buildings, the ceremonies and the unveiling of the The project was started in 1955 as a cooperative by the Graphic Arts Union of Mexico. A loan of 10 million dollars from the AFL-CIO and help from the Mexican government finally got the project under construction shortly after the late President was assassinated. It was decided to name the project the John F. Kennedy Memorial Housing Projects. Its 94 units accommodate about 17,000 persons.
Construction was finished in just under a year and Robert Kennedy accepted the invitation to participate in the dedication. During his speech, he frequently departed from his text to refer to his late brother and what the project meant to him.
After the speech-making he walked over with outgoing President Adolfo Lopez Mateos to a huge bronze plaque. Lopez Mateos was supposed to draw back the curtain, but at the last minute he pulled Mr. Kennedy forward and had him do it.