Left to right: John W. Donahoo, Robert Parsons, director, Edward C. Roe, George D. Auchter, Harold F. Saxelbye, Mrs. Alfred I. DuPont, Giles Patterson, S. Kendrick Guernsey.
Because it is my desire to take some small part in the cultural progress of Jacksonville, it is my intention by this Article of my Will to create a Museum Foundation to be operated by the hereinafter named Board of Trustees exclusively for educational and cultural purposes for the benefit of all the people of the City of Jacksonville, Florida.
This Foundation is created in the full knowledge that the bequests and the endowment make only a small beginning toward a large vision, but it is created, also, in the hope that others will share this vision and by their interest and contributions will help to establish here a center of beauty and culture worthy of the community.
Excerpts from The Last Will and Testament of Ninah M.H. Cummer creating The DeEtte Holden Cummer Museum Foundation.
Mrs. Cummer selected the group that would set the course for the development of what would become The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The first Board of Trustees of The Cummer Gallery of Art were George D. Auchter, John W. Donahoo, Mrs. Alfred I. DuPont, S. Kendrick Guernsey, Mr. Edward W. Lane, Jr., Edward C. Roe, Harold F. Saxelbye, Bryan Simpson, Powers Williams.