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Full text of "1964-65 New York World's Fair Groundbreaking and Dedication Booklets"

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Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
officials of the Fair and Representative Bolton at a 
press conference for the African Pavilion at the 
New York World's Fair, November 1 2, 1 963. 




The African Pavilion will include a dramatic film 
presentation of the colorful background and 
scenic wonders of that continent. A Hall 
of Aspirations will depict the resources 
a7id economic development potential of Africa and 
the art and culture of. its people. A wild life exhibit, 
a Tree House bar and restaurant, and an outdoor 
stage for dancing, singing and African drumming 
will be interspersed among the rondavels (round- 
huts). The architects are Kahn & Jacobs, the 
designer is Tom John. Interior designs and 
exhibits are by Graham Associates, Inc., and 
construction by Crow Construction Company. 



MR. WILLIAM BERNS [Vice President, Communi- 
cations & Public Relations]: Distinguished guests, ladies 
and gentlemen of the press, we are delighted that you were 
able to join us on such short notice this morning for what 
we consider to be a most important press activity. 

Basically, you are here to ask questions of our guests. 
But before we get to that, we would like to hear from the 
gentleman who heads the International Section for Mr. 
Moses, and who has done a magnificent job of gathering 
together the nations of the world for representation at 
the New York World's Fair 1964-1965. It's a pleasure 
to introduce the vice president 'of the International Divi- 
sion, Governor Charles Poletti. 

GOVERNOR CHARLES POLETTI: Thank you. Bill. 
Congresswoman Bolton, President Moses, friends. This is 
a very stirring occasion for us in the International Division 
because for many months we have labored to come to this 
moment. It didn't seem that we would ever achieve an 
African Pavilion. But finally, I think it was Providence 
that sent us the person who we are all happy to have with 
us here this morning: Congresswoman Bolton. 

Let it be said in explicit terms that without the interest 
and courage and contribution of Congresswoman Bolton 
we would not be having an African Pavilion. 

We're going to have some individual African pavilions, 
as you know — those of the Sudan, Guinea, Sierra Leone, 
the UAR and Morocco. But for the most part the countries 
south and east of the Sahara were not represented. Not 
because of a lack of desire. Quite the contrary. I personally 



visited most of these countries and talked with the heads 
of state and their ministers. Everyone was anxious to par- 
ticipate. Everyone of those nations felt that it was vital for 
the 70 million visitors to the Fair, Americans especially, to 
know more about that part of Africa. But the sad fact was 
that these countries did not have the financial resources to 
erect pavilions of their own. We then tried unsuccessfully 
to bring a number of these nations together and have them 
pool their financial resources and organize a joint pavilion. 

Now we're happy that, through the sponsorship of 
people like Congresswoman Bolton, we shall have a pa- 
vilion that will represent most of the countries south and 
east of the Sahara. We, at the New York World's Fair, 
are pleased that the sponsors of this pavilion are so well 
keyed to the needs and aspirations and achievements of 
this part of the world. These countries have a lot to show 
in the way of history, culture and art, and they also want 
to communicate to the world a message of their needs and 
aspirations. I'm glad to see that the organizers of the 
pavilion are planning to have a "Hall of Aspirations" 
where plans for "the Africa of the Future" will be rep- 
resented. I commend them for that. I think it is most 
important that we have a "Hall of Aspirations." 

Now I do not believe that anyone in this country has 
greater knowledge of this part of the world than Congress- 
woman Bolton. She has been a ranking member of the 
House Foreign Relations Committee for 22 years, has 
served as a member of the U.N. General Assembly and 
was a member of the 4th Committee at the U.N., the 
Trustee Committee, which deals with many African 3 



1963 New York Worlds Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 




Discussing the African Pavilion at the Fair 
are: (left to right) Governor Charles 
Poletti, Hon. Frances P. Bolton, Mr. Robert 
Moses, Mr. DeWitt T. Yates and 
Mr. Ray T. Graham. 




Shown at a press conference for the African 
Pavilion at the Fair are Hon. Frances P. 
Bolton, Mr. Lionel Harris of the 
International Division of the Fair, and 
Governor Charles Poletti, with 
ambassadors and representatives of the 
African nations. 



problems. 

Mrs. Bolton has also travelled extensively. In 1955 she 
visited about 20 of the countries we are interested in 
here, so she knows these countries and their people and 
their statesmen and their professional men. She will serve, 
as a good source of counselling and guidance for the 
African Pavilion, Messrs. Yates, Graham, and all of you. 
I am sure that you will lean heavily on Congresswoman 
Bolton for advice because she has sensitivity and knowl- 
edge in this field that is surpassed by no one in this 
country. 

I would like now to introduce the dynamic force of 
the World's Fair, our president, Robert Moses. 1 know 
he"s happy about the African Pavilion, and there*s one 
particular attraction that he's very anxious to have included 
here. I now give you the president of the New York 
World's Fair, Robert Moses. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: Congresswoman Bolton, ladies 
and gentlemen. I might as well tell you what Charlie was 
talking about. He's talking about the Watusis. I'm a great 
enthusiast of the Watusi dancers and high jumpers. And 
the Watusis are a troupe that I hope to see here in the 
African Pavilion. 

I can only echo what Charlie has said about the im- 
portance, the significance of this African Pavilion. As 
I've said a number of times we have given a dispro- 
portionate amount of our energy and effort to the new 
African republics, because we are all for them. We want 
to see them succeed. We want to help them. Some of them 
are relatively poor, new at the game, and don't have much 



in the way of industry or agriculture. But they have am- 
bitions and aspirations. They have fine objectives, and we 
ought to do everything we can to help them. 

We're trying in every way we can to help them and as 
Charlie has said, it would have been a great disappoint- 
ment to us and a great gap in our program, had we not 
had our friend from Congress, Mrs. Bolton, and a few 
others, to step in when it looked as though many of these 
new small nations could not be accommodated, simply 
because there wasn't enough money and support to bring 
it about. So they're coming in. And we're delighted with 
it. 

Just what they will demonstrate, I don't know, but 
surely they will be able to show that their objectives are 
right, that their ambitions are correct, that they are willing 
to make tremendous sacrifices in the name of progress. 
We're going to do ever)' last thing we can to help them. 

This Fair is not just a commercial gadget. It's not just 
a way of attracting people to New York to spend money 
here. Although that is one of the objectives, that isn't the 
main object. The object isn't merely to exploit what we've 
done through the States of our Union or the United 
States Government. It's not merely to show what our in- 
dustries have been able to accomplish. What we are really 
trying to do is to make this Fair a sort of Olympics of 
Progress and to bring here all the peoples of the world 
who are willing to come to exhibit their best wares, to 
show what they've accomplished, and to indicate what 
it is they're driving at. We promise them a welcome here 
and we promise them free competition. 




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Watusis, African native $ 
who grow 7 feet tall, 
performing one of their 
dances in Rwanda. 



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And that, I think, is really the main object of the Fair. 
We call it Peace through Understanding. Those in a way 
are just words, but it's the spirit of the Olympic Games 
that we have here. It's bringing people here and saying, 
"Now show us everything you've got. Show us your 
people and show us your objectives and purposes, and 
what you've accomplished and what you're driving at. 
We'll give you the place to exhibit these wares and every 
support that we can in showing them to the people who 
come from all over the world to see them." 

Again, thank you, Mrs. Bolton, for what you've done. 
I think the African Pavilion is going to be a grand show 
and one of the big things in the World's Fair. 

GOVERNOR POLETTI: Before the questions start, 
could we have the pleasure of a word or two from you 
Congresswoman Bolton? 

HON. FRANCES P. BOLTON [Republican Repre- 
sentative from Ohio]: I do very much appreciate the 
opportunity to say just a few words so that you might 
know how very tiny my part in this has been. Financially, 
very small. The other members of the group, who are 
doing a vast deal more than I, just had to be persuaded a 
little bit. I am, of course, very keen about Africa. I went to 
the United Nations in 1953, and because of the very 
understanding and really amazing African men and 
women I met there I was imbued with a great enthusiasm 
for things African. 

And then in 1955 the Chairman of my Committee in 
the House, that is the House Foreign Relations Committee, 
said, "now take your Africa Committee and go on over 



there." So it was my privilege to go to Africa, taking with 
me a Signal Corps photographer, because as the Chinese 
say — a look is worth a thousand words, a travel officer 
from the Department of Defense who had lived in Central 
and West Africa for eight years, and a doctor from the 
Mayo Clinic. We had the most amazing time. 

I visited 24 countries and I didn't begin to see them all. 
Since then, many of these countries have joined the United 
Nations. I think Africa has a very great deal to give to 
this country. I think we can learn a lot from the African 
way of life although some people still call it primitive. 
Well, probably it is. But we also have much that is prim- 
itive in our own country. Just go on down south, go out 
west — or around the corner from where I used to live 
in Cleveland. It's primitive to a degree. 

I felt that there was a very great need for having Africa 
here in your Fair, in our Fair, because the Fair belongs to 
the whole country. I believe that it was so essential for 
Africa to be represented, and to be pictured here in ways 
that people can see and hear and feel, that when I dis- 
covered that those who had sort of agreed to go ahead 
with the organization of the pavilion had fallen out, and 
the Graham brothers and Mr. Yates came to me, I really- 
got terribly excited over it, particularly since they had 
that exquisite model with them. 

I do hope that African women will have some kind of 
representation in the pavilion. We now have an organiza- 
tion of African women here, the African- American Wom- 
en's Organization, and its office is right here in New 
York. I want to say that the African women are simply 



out of this world ; they are simply marvelous. They head 
up organizations of their own and they perform admin- 
istrative feats that you wouldn't believe possible. 

I also wish there might be some way of showing the 
tremendous work that Africans are doing in the field of 
health. They are training doctors and nurses, and they 
are doing everything possible in the health areas. We 
should open our hearts to them and help them, and not 
necessarily with money. We should make them under- 
stand that we want to see them prosper and that we also 
share with them those things that are not material, things 
of the spirit. 

So it's a thrill for me, Mr. Moses and Governor Poletti, 
to be here today, to see this African Pavilion get started, 
and to feel the enthusiasm of this gathering. I thank all 
you press people for your wonderful spirit, for your 
enthusiasm, and for your desire to help make this project 
a terrific success which, of course, it will be. And then 
there is Mr. Harris, who never gave up on the project or 
lost his point of view. He's a real optimist and there were 
moments when we needed his optimism. 

I thank you very deeply for understanding how tre- 
mendous the influence of Africa is going to be on the 
future of this country and of every country of the world. 
I am also deeply grateful to you, perhaps in the name of 
African peoples, because as you know, they call me 
"Mother'' and I love them all. We are great friends and 
are doing a lot of things together. So it's with a great deal 
of enthusiastic hope and appreciation and gratitude, that 
I took these too many minutes to speak here. 7 



AFRICAN PAVILION INC. 

Suite 470, 1120 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington 6, D. C. 




DEWITT T. YATES, President 
RAY T. GRAHAM, Vice President, Production 
HAROLD S. CROSSEN, Vice President, Construction 
DEWEY R. ROARK, Secretory-Treasurer 



TOM JOHN, Designer 

KAHN & JACOBS, Architects 

WM. L. CROW CONSTRUCTION CO., Builders 

GRAHAM ASSOCIATES (INC.), Graphics and Exhibits 



HI AFRICAN PAVILION 

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NEW YORK 

WORLD'S FAIR 

1964-1965 

C O R P O R AT I O N 

Flushing, N. Y. 11380 

Tel. 212-WF 4--1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of .the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer