Thanks to the efforts of Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (J.D.’83), the Law Library is presenting a Black History Artifacts Exhibit. Copeland, a professor in the Valdosta State University, College of Business Administration, and his wife Dr. Cheryl L. Copeland, have been active collectors since 1989. Their current collection has over 200 items. Largely handwritten or printed items, the focus is in four areas: the slave era, post-slavery, sports and entertainment, and civil rights. The Law Library will be exhibiting civil rights themed items.
“I really like how the Copeland’s have presented these materials,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “They’ve taken the authenticated artifact, like a letter, and presented it with a photograph of the notable person along with their history or significance. It really brings context to the items.”
Items will be on display in the school’s second floor hallway and in the library entrance through February. “Display space is at a premium and we will be rotating the items so everyone will want to check back,” said Bradley.