Courthouse Replica on Display at the Brunswick Library
Photo above (left to right): Representative Jeff Jones, Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director Geri Mullis, and Representative Don Hogan
Representative Don Hogan, Representative Jeff Jones, and Senator William Ligon gave the Marshes of Glynn Libraries a present: a replica of the Glynn County Courthouse to display in the Brunswick Library.
On February 12, Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal held the second annual “Art From the Inside” auction at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building in Atlanta. Attendees were given the opportunity to purchase artwork created by inmates in prisons around Georgia. All proceeds went towards the “Little Readers” program, which allows inmates around the state to record DVDs of them reading aloud children’s books. The DVDs are then mailed to their children or grandchildren along with a copy of the books read.
At four feet by six feet, the courthouse replica is no small feat. The piece was built by Benny Wilson, an inmate at the Ware State Prison in Waycross, Georgia, and took over 500 hours to complete.
“I am so glad the replica will be on display at the library for the community to see,” said Representative Hogan, who transported the piece himself from Atlanta in the back of his pickup truck. “I had to check the weather to make sure it wouldn’t rain on me,” said Hogan. “It took a couple of us to get it in the library, and we had to turn it to the side to get it through the door.”
Representative Jones said that Hogan was the instigator for securing the piece for the library. Jones said, “I am so proud Rep. Hogan had the foresight to bid on the replica we were able to bring back to donate to the library for our community.”
The replica’s new home is inside the Reading Room by the large windows in the Brunswick Library. “It immediately attracted the attention of 3rd grade students touring the library earlier this month,” said Ben Bryson, the Assistant Director for the libraries. “We heard a chorus of ‘oos and ahhs’ as the tour approached the replica. I can already tell this will be a highlight tour stop for future school visits.”
The Brunswick Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 8 PM. Stop by the library to see the latest attraction today.