July 26, 2010

Family Dedicates Memorial to Clark Dyer

Family members gather around the Micajah Clark Dyer memorial with Bob Barton of WNC Marble & Granite Works who made the monument from granite manufactured by Eagle Granite Co. of Elberton, Ga.

A monument memorializing Clark Dyer’s invention and flight was dedicated at a special program held in the Choestoe Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on July 17, 2010. The program featured a pictorial and oral presentation of the life and accomplishments of Clark Dyer to a gathering of many descendents, some of whom heard this important historical account for the first time.

Andrew Turnage, President of the Micajah Clark Dyer Foundation, discussed the important features of Clark’s craft, which clearly distinguished it from the designs of other flying machine designs in the mid and late 1800s.

Following the program, some of the family members caravanned to the Old Choestoe Church Cemetery where Clark and his wife were interred in 1891 and 1892, respectively, to view the newly erected monument which features two drawings from Clark’s patent and incorporates the original, hand-carved tombstones of Clark and his wife.

Plans are being developed by the Foundation for other monuments to be erected in the future to honor Clark as an inventor who places well ahead of others in his design of a navigable airship. Also, efforts continue to get Clark inducted into the Georgia Museum of Aviation’s Hall of Fame and to build a replica of his aircraft.

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