The Freedom Shrine
December 2, 2015 01:08 PM
On Tuesday, December 1, the Brunswick Exchange Club held its club meeting at the new Coastal Pines Technical College facility to present the well-known Freedom Shrine to the College. The Freedom Shrine is an impressive display of a collection of historic document replicas that serves to remind us of the great efforts that have been taken to ensure freedom in our country. The Freedom Shrine originated with the Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of historic documents. It serves as an educational tool in schools and as a motivational display in public arenas. This impressive display of over 30 pieces is now a part of the lobby in the new Coastal Pines Technical College classroom building.
The Brunswick Exchange Club is not new to presenting the Freedom Shrine. The Club has presented the Shrine display to every K-12 school in Glynn County and the Boys and Girls Club. As stated by club representative Randy Stanford, “The technical college is a huge asset to the area, and we want to make sure they know that we are welcoming them to the community.”
The Freedom Shrine is a project that requires substantial funding by the Club with costs ranging from $600–$900 for each display. The Brunswick Exchange Club sponsors the regional fair each fall in an effort to raise funds to support the Freedom Shrine projects as well as child abuse prevention charities within the area.
Representative Alex Atwood was on hand to make the formal presentation of the Freedom Shrine to College officials. Dr. Deibert, president of Coastal Pines Technical College, stated “The Brunswick Exchange Club has welcomed us to the community with open arms, and the new freedom wall at this facility will be of interest to many visitors entering the building for years to come. The faculty, staff and students appreciate this generous gesture on behalf of the Club.”
Photo attached (see left): Left to right-Monica O’Quinn, Vice President of Administrative Services; Melinda Laager, Director of Institutional Advancement; Lonnie Roberts, Provost; Teresa Allen, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Al Cunningham, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Glenn Deibert, President of Coastal Pines Technical College; Tim McNair, President of Brunswick Exchange Club; Dr.Pete Snell, Vice President of Economic Development; and Randy Stanford, Freedom Shrine project chair.