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Wilson Library’s Durant Bible To Be Part of Chancellor Folt’s Installation

Durant-Bible-by-itselfIn 1995, Wilson Special Collections Library conservator Jan Paris spent 190 hours cleaning and repairing the George Durant Bible in preparation for Chancellor Michael Hooker’s installation at UNC.

The Durant Bible will again be part of a UNC chancellor’s installation on University Day, Oct. 12. Carol Folt, the 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the University, will take her oath on the 414-year-old volume.

The Durant Bible was printed in 1599 in London and was brought to America in 1658 by Englishman George Durant. It became part of the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library in 1929.

(Be sure to view UNC’s infographic about the history of the Durant Bible.)

Governor Pat McCrory took his oath of office on the Durant Bible in January. Chancellor Folt’s installation will mark the Bible’s fourth use for an official function in the past 25 years. After the ceremony, the Durant Bible will return to its home in Wilson Library, where it is available for viewing on request.

Folt’s installation will take place on Saturday in Polk Place beginning at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public.

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