Virginia Gov. John Battle visited campus for the dedication of the Fine Arts Center – duPont, Pollard, and Melchers halls – the weekend of May 9, 1953. There was an arts festival and much fanfare, including a procession by 120 academic delegates from the Gothic Room of Ann Carter Lee Hall to the south colonnade of Melchers, according to Edward Alvey Jr.’s History of Mary Washington College.
Pictured here on the terrace of Lee Hall, the governor is flanked by two flag bearers. We hope someone can tell us the flag bearers’ names and perhaps remember the events of the weekend.
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