The Special Committee on Commemoration will recommend a visible and appropriate commemoration to honor the contributions of enslaved people and others whose labor was exploited.

This Committee, which shall be composed of Trustees and non-Trustees appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, is entrusted with the following responsibility: 

Engage broadly with the Davidson College community to recommend a visible and appropriate commemoration, including the possibility of commissioning a work of art, on campus to honor the contributions of enslaved people and others whose labor was exploited. 

Virgil Fludd '80, Member of the Board of Trustees, President-elect of the Alumni Association Board, Chair of the Special Committee on Commemoration

Committee News

Recording of October Community Conversation Event

During this event, attendees learned more about the background of the Special Committee on Commemoration's important work, the committee’s priorities and next steps. The conversation closed with audience questions. Panelists included Board of Trustees members Virgil Fludd ’80, chair of the Special Committee on Commemoration, Cintra Pollack ′99, Janet Stovall ′85 and college representatives.

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Honoring and Remembering Begins With Stories Rather Than Stone

The Commemoration Committee began with the fundamentals of understanding those whom the college seeks to commemorate – the enslaved persons and others whose labor was exploited for the college.

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Committee Members

  • Virgil Fludd '80, Chair
  • Betsy Fleming
  • Dave Hall '84
  • John Laughlin '85
  • Cintra Pollack '99
  • Pat Rodgers
  • Janet Stovall '85

Consulting Members

  • Cort Savage, faculty
  • Hilary Green, advisor
  • Lia Newman, liaison
  • Jeff Prince, liaison


  • Virgil Fludd '80
  • Betsy Fleming
  • Dave Hall '84
  • John Laughlin '85
  • Cintra Pollack '99
  • Pat Rodgers
  • Janet Stovall '85
  • Cort Savage
  • Hilary Green
  • Lia Newman
  • Jeff Prince
  • Bernetta Graham
  • Clint Smith ’10
  • Tyler Yvette Wilson ’14
  • Nathanael Bagonza ‘24

Committee Reports

The Committees shall make periodic reports to the Campus Strategy, Planning, and Use Committee. The Committee shall work with the Campus Strategy, Planning, and Use Committee to bring recommendations to the Board.


We look forward to engaging the community in aspects of this work and will circulate details as those opportunities become available. If you would like to stay up to date on the work of the committee by adding your name to our mailing list, or if you have other questions, please use this form or email


All dates are tentative and subject to change.

Date Task Description

July 2021

Campus Site Visit 

Committee members visited with David Holthouser, Director of Facilities & Engineering

Sept. 2021

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Released

Open call was made to all professional artists, architects, landscape architects and design teams who have experience managing, designing, and completing public art commissions.

Wed. Oct. 6, 2021 Community Conversation

Community members had an opportunity to learn about the committee’s work, and the process for creating a commemorative project on Davidson’s campus. 

Jan. 7, 2022

RFQ Submissions Due

Applicants submitted requested qualifications via SlideRoom by 11:59 p.m.

Jan.–March 2022

RFQ Applications Reviewed

The jury, appointed by President Carol Quillen and the Board of Trustees, identified the most highly qualified artist(s)/architects/teams for this opportunity from past work samples.

March 2022

Selection of Finalists

The jury determined a shortlist of five finalists; the Special Committee on Commemoration presented their recommendations at the April 2022 Board of Trustees meeting.

May–Aug. 2022

Site Visit/Research/
Pre-proposal Development

Each of the finalists will be awarded a $10,000 honorarium to develop a pre-proposal based on the final site. The fee includes all project-related costs. Finalists will be expected to engage with stakeholders.

Sept. 2022

Engagement Opportunities

Join us for Zoom Q&A with finalists. These are opportunities for the finalists to learn more about Davidson College, our history, and our present from students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community. Dates will be announced.

Nov. 2022 Finalist Presentations

The finalists will have an opportunity to present their pre-proposal design and qualifications to the jury during a campus interview.

Nov. 2022–Jan. 2023

Public Comment Period

Proposals will be shared with the wider community for public comment.

April 2023

Final Selection

The jury will select one finalist to recommend to the Board of Trustees at their April 2023 meeting.

As part of the contract between Davidson College and the selected finalist, a specific schedule/timeline beyond August 2022 will be agreed upon, from community engagement through final design approval, fabrication, installation, and dedication.