Sunday, July 28, 2013

Frank Murphy Museum

The Huron County Democratic Party held a picnic on Saturday afternoon at the Frank Murphy Museum in Harbor Beach, Michigan. Frank Murphy, born and raised in Harbor Beach, was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Franklin Roosevelt and served nine years on the court.

As a  former mayor of Detroit, governor of Michigan, attorney general of the U. S., and governor general of the Philippines, Frank Murphy's legacy is tied to major civil rights issues of the 1930's and 1940's. There is so much to be gained by touring the Murphy Museum, a little known treasure on the east side of Huron County, Michigan, and as Dems, we felt a great affinity in learning more about this citizen of our county.

The Murphy Museum provides a unique, personal perspective into the life of someone who came from a small town, yet was so involved in the issues of the New Deal, World War II, and labor relations. The many photos and artifacts show aspects of Justice Murphy's life that bring history to life.

People come from all over to get a glimpse into the early life of Frank Murphy. Since many of the items in the Murphy Museum relate to his time as Governor General  of the Philippines, visitors with connections to the Philippine Islands are impressed by the knowledge that they gain when they visit the museum.

From the many photos of FDR, to the table where the agreement was signed that ended the sit-down strike at the Flint GM plant in 1937, the Murphy Museum gives an intimate view into the life of a Huron County citizen who served in many roles in our government, yet called Huron County home for all of his life.

Copyright 2013
Wanda Hayes Eichler

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