- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2007



Wren Cross returned to permanent display

The Wren Cross is back on permanent display in Wren Chapel at the College of William & Mary.

The cross is enclosed in a display case with a plaque explaining its roots in the school’s history.

The arrangement is a compromise reached after college President Gene R. Nichol ordered the 2-foot-tall brass cross removed from the altar in November, saying he wanted people of all religious beliefs to feel comfortable in the chapel.

Many alumni and other critics raised a ruckus.

By displaying the cross in a historical context, college officials hope to satisfy all sides and end the debate.

In recent months, the cross was displayed publicly in the Wren Chapel only on Sundays and kept in the chapel’s sacristy the rest of the time.


Hill to lie in repose in governor’s mansion

The body of Oliver Hill, the civil rights lawyer at the forefront of the court battle that outlawed the nation’s segregated public schools, will lie in repose in the Executive Mansion on Saturday.

Mr. Hill, who died Sunday at age 100, will be on public view in the governor’s residence in Capitol Square from noon to 5 p.m., said Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s office.

A public memorial service for Mr. Hill is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Mr. Hill’s body is the first since that of tennis legend Arthur Ashe to receive public viewing in the Executive Mansion, then occupied by Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor.

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