Today in French Quarter History, August, 17th, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald appeared in a 30-minute interview on WDSU Radio. William K. Stuckey interviewed Oswald on his Saturday evening program, Latin Listening Post.

Perhaps, we will never know with certainty all the facts about John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination. However, one thing is certain. Much of what happened before and after the assassination centered around New Orleans. Oswald was born here on October 18, 1939.

 Fair Play for Cuba Committee

Lee Harvey Oswald was the New Orleans secretary of the pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee. He had been passing out “Hands off Cuba” pamphlets in New Orleans for months. He had the pamphlets printed locally, on Girod St. In addition, the Warren Commission produced evidence dating back to June. It showed Oswald had been distributing his pamphlets on Dumaine St. That was where the aircraft carrier, USS Wasp, was docked while visiting the city.

Lee Harvey Oswald arrested

On August 16th, the police arrested Oswald for disturbing the peace. This occurred after he fought with anti-Castro demonstrators in front of the World Trade Mart. The property will soon be the new Four Seasons Hotel and is located at the foot of Canal St. The judge convicted him on the same day.

William K. Stuckey had been following Cuba since Castro’s takeover. He tracked Oswald down to interview him. Oswald would reappear four days later for another interview on WDSU Radio. The second interview included representatives of the Cuban refugee population in New Orleans. Both of these interviews are available online.

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Today in French Quarter History, Lee Harvey Oswald