Lowering Thomas Roderick Dew's Casket
Original Author: College of William and Mary photographer
Created: 1939
Medium: Photograph

Lowering Thomas Roderick Dew’s Casket

In a photograph taken in 1939, workmen—all but one African American—lower a coffin containing the remains of Thomas R. Dew into a crypt beneath the chapel at the College of William and Mary. Dew, an ardent supporter of the institution of slavery, was the president of the college from 1836 until his death in 1846. Dew died in Paris and was buried there, but ninety-three years later he was reinterred at the college.