MARCH 16, 2017 – 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Please join us on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library as we commemorate the centennial of the death of James Rogers McConnell. Remarks will begin at 11:15 a.m. Speakers will include UVA President Teresa Sullivan; University Librarian John Unsworth; UVA School of Law alumnus Edwin Fountain (’90), vice chair of the World War One Commission and general counsel of the American Battle Monuments Commission; the Air Force ROTC drill team; and brothers from Beta Theta Pi.
Mr. McConnell, a UVA student from 1907-1910, was one of the original American pilots in the Lafayette Escadrille in France in World War I. Mr. McConnell was killed in aerial combat with two German planes, above the Somme battlefields, near the village of Flavy-le-Martel, Aisne, on March 19, 1917. The Aviator statue on Grounds, sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, was dedicated in Mr. McConnell’s honor in June 1919. Special Collections librarians will discuss memorabilia in an exhibit telling the story of the man behind the statue and his memorialization.
Parking will be available in the Central Grounds garage; validation tickets will be provided.
More information on James McConnell and The Aviator is available at Special Collections: The Aviator: Remembering James Rogers McConnell, A Centennial Exhibition