Sons See Mother’s “Parachute Dress” for the First Time in Historical Collections


IMG_2526In 1945, Lt. Hilda Franklin and Capt. Richard Bell of UVA’s 8th Evacuation Unit married in Italy during the final days of World War II. Hilda’s wedding dress, made from a parachute, is now one of the most popular items in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s historical collections. Hilda and Richard’s sons, Dick Bell and W. Frazier Bell visited us today and saw their mother’s dress for the first time in their memory. To learn more about this story and the Bells’s visit, tune in to tonight’s 5:00 and 6:00 evening news on Charlottesville’s CBS 19 or NBC 29. Also, check out tomorrow’s edition of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress newspaper.

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