Memorial dedicated to James Blair


Legacies Classification
Memorial Object
Memorial Type
Sculptural Memorial
Memorial Context
Memorialized Subject
Blair, James
Memorial dedicated to James Blair
Background and Context
The Reverend James Blair (1655-1748) was the founding president of William & Mary and an enslaver. A statue of James Blair was installed between Tyler (now Chancellors) and Blair Hall during Homecoming Week 1993 as part of the William & Mary’s Tercentenary celebration. The statue was sculpted by Lewis Cohen, professor of art and art history at William & Mary.

James Blair was born in Scotland and educated at Marischal College (University of Aberdeen) and the University of Edinburgh where he received a Master of Arts. Blair was president of the university from its founding in 1693 until his death on April 18, 1743. While president of William & Mary, Blair also served as rector of Bruton Parish Church. As commissary of the Bishop of London, James Blair had a tremendous influence on the established Virginia church.
Physical Description
A large model of James Blair wearing a robe
Creator/Participating Person(s)
Lewis Cohen, professor of art and art history at William & Mary, sculpted the statue.
Date created, installed or dedicated
October 1993
Location: Institution, City, State

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