Ovilla Curtain is a historic fire curtain stored and maintained by
McFarlin Auditorium. This gift to the University is lowered
symbolically at the end Opening Convocation, a ceremony in which new
students are welcomed to the SMU community. After entering
first-year and first-year transfer students have completed the
Rotunda Passage and at the conclusion of their Opening Convocation
ceremony, the historic Ovilla Curtain is lowered to signify the
completion of their initiation.
The History of the Ovilla Curtain
During the 1830ís, the parents of Robert McFarlin, for whom the
auditorium was named, lived in Ovilla, Texas. There was no Methodist
church in the area; instead, the Methodists were served by a circuit
rider. The McFarlins gave the circuit rider the land and money to
build the Ovilla Methodist Church, pictured on the curtain, which
Robert McFarlin attended.
More information on the curtain can be read here.