Original Author: College of William and Mary photographer
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.