Dedication Ceremony Set for Thomas B. Murphy Replica Office

Monday, March 5, 2012

The University of West Georgia is proud to announce that it will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Thomas B. Murphy State Capitol Office replica at Irvine S. Ingram Library on the UWG campus on Thursday, April 19. The event is free and open to the public.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Ballroom with a dedication program, followed by a reception and tours of the Murphy Office at 3:30 p.m. at Ingram Library. Parking will be available at The Coliseum parking lot, with shuttle buses available to transport attendees to the events. Buses begin at 1 p.m.

Murphy, who served 28 years as speaker of the House of Representatives in the Georgia General Assembly, donated his political papers and the memorabilia from his office to UWG in 2003, as he was retiring. University staff sorted through more than 1,500 items in assembling a replica office that was constructed as part of a major renovation of Ingram Library that was recently completed.

When he left office, Murphy had served continuously as speaker of a state house longer than any other individual in the nation’s recorded history. He died in 2007.

The ceremony will mark the official opening of the office, and is expected to draw dignitaries and friends from across the state, including current and former lawmakers and journalists. The dedication will include remarks from some of the dignitaries, as well as a video tribute to Murphy’s legacy.