In 1938, former Talladega College President, Dr. Buell Gallagher, commissioned artist Hale Woodruff to paint six murals, including the internationally known “Amistad’ murals. The murals became worn down after being displayed in Talladega College’s Savery library for 70 years. After a two-year restoration process, the Amistad murals were sent on a tour where they were displayed in museums across the country. Valuing at $50 million, the murals were returned, preserved and put on display in their original home of Talladega this past weekend—the unveiling was a perfect way to kick off Black History Month!
Talladega College held a ribbon cutting ceremony with local politicians, executives from fellow HBCUs (Historically Black College), alumni and tourists from across the country. The outpouring of support for this work of art signifies the importance of African American history to everyone and the generations to come.
“Georgia-Pacific has a variety of seven facilities throughout the state of Alabama,” said Curley Dossman Jr., President of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “It’s important that we continue to enhance the educational and cultural enrichment of Alabama residents to ensure sustainable and beneficial relationships.”
Georgia-Pacific is honored to support Talladega College, the oldest private HBCU in Alabama, by funding part of the construction for the new Dr. William R. Harvey Museum of Art, the permanent home for the Amistad murals as well as other art from the college. Public tours of the museum are slated to begin in March.
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Georgia-Pacific has seven facilities in Alabama and makes up more than 50 percent of the workforce in Talladega. There is a strong partnership of mutual benefit between Georgia-Pacific and the city of Talladega.
Talladega College has over 1,200 students and is listed among the Princeton Review’s best colleges in the Southeast along with U.S. News and World Report’s best regional colleges and best HBCUs. Supporting Talladega College in this historic manner is another way for Georgia-Pacific to continue making an impact on the advancing city.