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Media Advisory: UB and partners to commemorate Millard Fillmore’s 218th birthday on Jan. 5

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The 218th anniversary of the birth of
Millard Fillmore, UB’s first chancellor and 13th president of
the United States, will be celebrated at a ceremony to be held at
10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn

The program will begin at the Millard Fillmore gravesite,
located in section F on this map,
with brief remarks and wreath presentations by representatives of
the White House, Millard Fillmore legacy organizations and the
Forest Lawn Group.  Col. David Warnick, 107th Attack Wing
mission support group commander for the New York Air National Guard
in Niagara Falls, will present a wreath on behalf of President
Donald Trump.

In addition, the Rev. Joan Montagnes of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Buffalo will provide an invocation, the UB
Police Honor Guard will present the colors and SUNY Fredonia
graduate student Matthew Caputy will play taps.

At the conclusion of the gravesite ceremony, the program will
move to the cemetery’s Margaret L. Wendt Archival and
Research Center for a reception hosted by Forest Lawn and the
Buffalo Club. Carole Emberton, UB associate professor of history,
will present a short address, “Coming to Terms with Millard
Fillmore and the Fugitive Slave Act,” which will explain how
the act affected African-Americans living in Western New York,
including a number of fugitives living in the city at the time.

The gravesite ceremony and reception are free and open to the
public; while not required, RSVP’s are encouraged. For more
information and to RSVP, visit https://www.ubevents.org/event/mf2018.

The Millard Fillmore legacy organizations, which Fillmore helped
found, include: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Club,
Buffalo Erie County Public Library, Buffalo General Medical
Center, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo
Science Museum, Hodgson Russ LLP, SPCA serving Erie County,
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo and UB.

This year’s commemoration marks the 53rd consecutive year
UB has organized the event, a tradition that dates back to
1937.  From 1937 until 1964, the anniversary ceremonies were
organized by Charles Templeton, a UB alumnus who worked with the
city of Buffalo and the Buffalo Board of Education to program the
annual events.


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