Jackson Memorial Hall - Virginia Military Institute
Susan Rissi Tregoning
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A view from the balcony at Jackson Memorial Hall, also known as Cadet Chapel at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia.
This 1,000 seat auditorium is now too small to hold the entire Corps, but it continues to be used for many events, lectures, and speeches. The 26 state flags hanging in the Hall represent the states that were part of the Union when VMI was founded in 1839. The 18 x 23 feet painting at the front of the Chapel depicts the charge of the VMI Corps of Cadets in the 1864 Battle of New Market. It was painted by artist Benjamin West Clinedinst (VMI Class of 1880), to honor the 10 VMI cadets that died that day.
The second Jackson Memorial Hall it was built in 1915 with $100,000 from the government for damages done during the Civil War. It replaced the original 1896 building.
The building also contains the VMI Museum, which was founded in 1856, making it the oldest museum in the state of Virginia.
Copyright 2020 Susan Rissi Tregoning
September 14th, 2020
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