Speaker Tom Murphy Exhibit

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia and the Georgia Humanities Council will host an opening reception for a new exhibit “Speaker Tom Murphy: Steady Leadership in Changing Times” with guest speaker former Georgia Representative Tracy Stallings on Sunday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Neva Lomason Library. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The exhibit will be on display in the Edith Foster Room of the Neva Lomason Library throughout the month of May. The project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

Beginning in June, the exhibit will travel to various public libraries in the West Georgia Regional Library System before returning to UWG in November. Exhibit locations include the Dallas Public Library in Paulding County in June and the Heard County Public Library in Franklin in July. The Heard County library will coordinate the exhibit with the community’s Chattahoochee Independence Day celebration.

In the months of August and September the exhibit will be at the William P. Sewell Public Library in Bremen and then travel to the Douglas County Public Library in Douglasville in October.

Murphy, who passed away in 2007, was the 69th Speaker of the House of Representatives. 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 proposed 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 Neva Lomason Library is located at 710 Rome Street in Carrollton. For more information, call 678-839-6350 or visit www.westga.edu/library/Murphy .