In 2014, the Exchange Club of Murphy coordinated the purchase and installation of Murphy’s own Freedom Shrine. Installed in the Murphy Community Center, the Freedom Shrine is a collection of 32 Historic United States Documents, dating from the 1600’s to the 1900’s. These documents serve as windows to America’s proud past.
The Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train. This train toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of famous “documents of liberty” such as the United States Constitution and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The tour was conceived to give Americans the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of American citizenship. The documents included were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and the subsequent important United States turning points.
Thousands of Freedom Shrines have been dedicated throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in universities, libraries, schools, state capitals, city halls and at American outposts scattered throughout the world. The documents have been reproduced and permanently laminated to individual plaques. They are used by teachers, students, and other groups to study American history.