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Working for Look magazine, Paul Fusco photographed from onboard the train carrying Kennedy's body from New York City to the Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. (Paul Fusco/Magnum Photos)
Working for Look magazine, Paul Fusco photographed from onboard the train carrying Kennedy's body from New York City to the Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. (Paul Fusco/Magnum Photos)
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It was 50 years ago Friday that Robert F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, near his slain older brother, President John F. Kennedy. But before that burial, RFK's body made a slow journey by train from New York City to Washington, D.C.

During that trip, something extraordinary happened: More than 1 million Americans — of all backgrounds and classes, urban and rural — spontaneously stood along stretches of the train's path. As NPR's Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) reports, 50 years on, the power of that funeral train still resonates with those who witnessed it, and with artists who've interpreted that day in different ways.

This segment aired on June 8, 2018.

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