09/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

VIDEO: Senator Ted Kennedy's Address to Alaskans

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy spoke to the Alaska Democratic Party Convention in Sitka on April 7, 1968. He addressed the convention shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and weeks before Robert F. Kennedy's death. Senator Ted Kennedy was standing in for his brother, Robert, who had been scheduled to speak.

This speech was discovered as an open reel simply marked, "Ted Kennedy Sitka" forty years later and was in near perfect condition.

Senator Mark Begich referred to this speech in his statement:

"Many Alaskans remember Senator Kennedy's visits to our state - notably in 1968, when he joined Alaskans in mourning the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1971, when he promised rural Alaska help fighting poverty, a promise he made good on."

Courtesy the Alaska State Library Historical Collections.