Yesterday, I found Sterling Mayfield Holland. He is a famous witness to the Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963. Holland, a signal supervisor for Union Terminal Railroad, was standing on the triple overpass above Elm Street. He claims to have seen a shot fired fired from behind the fence on the grassy knoll.
Holland testified: There was a shot, a report. I don’t know whether it was a shot. I can’t say that. And a puff of smoke came out about 6 or 8 feet above the ground right out from under those trees [indicating the grassy knoll area]. And at just about this location from where I was standing you could see that puff of smoke, like someone had thrown a firecracker, or something out, and that is just about the way it sounded. It wasn’t as loud as the previous reports or shots.
By this simple testimony, Holland becomes the father of the Kennedy assassination conspiracy and the starting point for thousands of second gunman theories.
Holland is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas. He is resting along side his wife, Ruby Ann Cox Holland. The couple are located in section 30. They are not very far from musician Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit.
Mr. and Mrs. Sterling can be found at N 32.67426º, W 096.81355º, E 609 ft.
Grave markers are not my favorite. And neither are sunny days. You never know which way your shadow will be casting. Unfortunately, the sun was at my back, so I was casting on the markers. I hate having to do this, but I photographed the markers from the up-side-down position.
I usually take several shots of each marker. I shoot using the single setting and also the family setting. I think I am tall enough to pull off the family setting with my arms extended out. We’ll know when the film comes back.
Due to the intense afternoon sun, I used Kodak Portra 160 ISO. I probably could have used 100 ISO. I prefer overcast days. Cloudy days eliminate my shadow and it brings out the colors.