Dedication of John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (also known as JFK Memorial Highway) is a 59-mile (95 km) section of Interstate 95 traversing northeastern Maryland for 48 miles from the Baltimore city line to the Delaware state line, and for 11 miles as the Delaware Turnpike to New Castle; bringing the total length of the JFK Highway to 59 miles.
Completed in 1963, the 48 miles Northeastern Expressway and the adjoining 11-mile Delaware Turnpike were dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on Thursday, November 14, 1963, at a ceremony at the Mason-Dixon Line. In 1964, the highway was re-named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway after his assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, eight days after President Kennedy was on hand for the opening of the two highways.
On November 15, 1963, just one week before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy opened the 49 miles of the Northeast Expressway and the 11 miles of the Delaware Turnpike at the Delaware-Maryland border. The border, more popularly known as the Mason-Dixon line, also celebrated its bicentennial that day. In addition to President Kennedy, Robert Moses presided over the opening of I-95 in Delaware and Maryland.