Mayor Garner to Open Murphy Exhibit

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guest speaker Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner will open the exhibit, “Speaker Tom Murphy: Steady Leadership in Changing Times,” with a reception at the Douglas County Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.

The Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Humanities Council is coordinating the exhibit, which runs through the month of October, and the community is invited to attend. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of October and is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

Garner, former President Pro Tempore of the Georgia Senate, will share his reflections of Tom Murphy, the 69th Speaker of the House of Representatives who passed away in 2007.

Born in Haralson County, Murphy graduated from Bremen High School and North Georgia College and received his law degree from the University of Georgia. Murphy was also a Navy veteran of World War II who saw combat action in the Pacific. He served as Speaker longer than anyone else in Georgia’s history and was the longest tenured Speaker in the United States when he left office.

Ingram Library’s planned and approved renovation includes the installation of a permanent exhibit of a replica of Speaker Murphy’s office. The development of the panel exhibit will allow the university to begin shaping a permanent exhibit to support the future office.

The Ingram Library developed the exhibit with the assistance of the Department of History, the Center for Public History and the Georgia Political Heritage Project. All are located on the UWG campus.

The Douglas County Public Library is located at 6810 Selman Dr., Douglasville. For further information on the exhibit, and the university’s plan to re-create Speaker Murphy’s State Capitol office within Ingram Library, visit

For more information, call 678-839-6350.