Mock Convention Display

The drama of the most famous Mock Convention in Washinton and Lee University’s history is brought to life in a new display in the Main Floor lobby of Leyburn Library.
Just over fifty years ago, former U.S. Vice-President Alben W. Barkley collapsed and died in Doremus Gymnasium as he concluded his keynote address to the 1956 convention. Documents and artifacts from the library’s Special Collections take us back to “The Dramatic Events of the 1956 Mock Convention,” including not only Barkley’s death, but also voting projections, the opening parade through downtown Lexington, and more.
The materials will be on display through the end of June.
For information on the upcoming 2008 Mock Convention, see this site.

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