Joe White Memorial Lamp:
Dedicatory Ceremony

Following are photographs from the Joe White Memorial Lamp dedicatory ceremony, held Monday, August 8, 2005, at 5:15 p.m. at Town Hall, Chatham, Virginia. (See also PDF File of the printed program for the event.)


Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

A crowd begins to gather at 5 p.m. in front of Town Hall. At far left is Henry Hurt; in the foreground, with back to camera, is Del. Robert Hurt; at right is Judge Fletcher B. Watson, IV. In the background, the television crew from WSET-TV13 (Lynchburg) is setting up their equipment. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Lt. Col. Jim McDole (U. S. Army, Retired) escorts Frances Hallam Hurt to the podium area. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Robert Hurt, Virginia House of Delegates, calls the crowd to order as cameras whir and click. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Reba Motley offers reflections on nearly fifty years' friendship with Joe White. (M2)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Otis Oakes of the Chatham Town Crew and Cherrystone Baptist Church fondly recalls his late co-worker. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Gregg Vickrey (right), president, speaks on behalf of sponsoring organization Chatham First. (M2)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Langhorne Jones, Jr. (center), president, represents sponsoring organization Pittsylvania Historical Society. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Mayor George Haley accepts the memorial on behalf of the town. (M2)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Frances Hurt offers a tribute to the memory of Joe White. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Media cameras are busy as the memorial is unveiled. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Richard Davis of the Danville Register & Bee (see article and photo) and Susan Worley of the Chatham Star-Tribune (see article and photos), along with a young member of Joe White's family, get photographs of the memorial lamp and unveilers Frances Hurt, Henry Mitchell, Robert Hanson (Public Works Director, Town of Chatham), and Sherman Calloway (Crew Supervisor, Town of Chatham). (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

The memorial lamp draws the undivided attention of photographers. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

WSET-TV13 reporter Courtney Robinson prepares to file her story as the crowd drifts away. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Members of Joe White's family gather at the memorial lamp. At right is Joe White's sister Nannie W. Owens, who was later briefly interviewed on WSET-13 and by the Danville Register & Bee. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Remembering Joe. (M1)



Joe White Memorial Lamp Dedication

Artist/designer Henry Mitchell with the Joe White memorial lamp. See also “The Story Behind the Design.” (M1)



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