The Echo From Dealey Plaza: The True Story of the First African American on the White House Secret Service Detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK -Abraham Bolden
Following the murder of John F. Kennedy, the Secret Service came under close scrutiny in the failure to protect the president on that tragic day. Some of the agents assigned to the detail never recovered and the images from the motorcade continued to haunt them throughout the rest of their years. Prior to the murder, the Secret Service received warnings of threats to Kennedy’s life on a regular basis. Some were acted on while others received scant attention. As the Warren Commission began its investigation, many individuals came forward with their story of what they saw or heard that day. Among those, was the first African-American secret service agent to guard the President of the United States, Abraham Bolden. Outside of assassination research circles, his name is not widely know, but his story is one that deserves attention and one which highlights the severe danger Kennedy’s life was in prior to the trip to Dallas.
After accepting President Kennedy’s invitation to join his Secret Service detail, Bolden reported to Washington and found himself engulfed in a climate of right-wing elements, racism, treason and incompetency. After the assassination, he made the fateful decision to testify before the Warren commission. His decision and the aftermath form the basis of this book which is nothing short of shocking. As early as 1961, right-wing elements in the country began moving against the young President and the foiled plot in Chicago is now widely known. The failure of the agency in their protection of the President in Dallas and the lax security measures that had been repeatedly put in place that contributed to his death are exposed for the treasonous acts that they were.
Labeled as whistleblower, his decision to speak out against the government resulted in Bolden losing his job and being forced to defend himself in a sham criminal case. After being convicted by the court, he served several years in prison before being released and was forced to enter a psychiatric facility, receiving repeated unauthorized treatments. Following his ordeal, he worked in the automotive industry and lived a quiet life with his wife Barbara, who passed away in 2006. Many years have passed since Dallas, but Bolden’s memory remains sharp and he has never wavered in his belief of complicity in the murder of the 35th President of the United States.