Orly Lecture & Film Screening
Fifty Years Later: The Orly Air Crash Remembered
What: A Lecture by Ann Uhry Abrams and Chris Moser & Film Screening of The Day Atlanta Stood Still
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. Drinks; 7:00 p.m. Lecture & Film Screening
Location: Child Hall, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305
On May 9, 1962, a group of Atlanta’s cultural and civic leaders, including many Buckhead residents, embarked on a three-week European adventure and ambassadorial mission organized by the Atlanta Art Association. On June 3rd, the group’s chartered Boeing 707 crashed upon takeoff from the Orly Field near Paris, France. One hundred and thirty people died, making it the deadliest aviation disaster in history up until that time. Many who formed the heart of Atlanta’s art and cultural establishment perished, including many Atlanta artists. On June 3, 1966, exactly four years after the Orly crash, ground was broken for the Atlanta Memorial Arts Center, a legacy that enriches the city to this day.