I saw this beautiful gothic house with white siding and a green roof in Harbor Beach in Michigan’s Thumb. In front of the house was a sign that read MURPHY MUSEM. I stopped and took a pic and then read the bronze plaque proudly displayed out front.
Frank Murphy was born in 1890 in Harbor Beach and graduated from U of M with a law degree. He was elected as Mayor of Detroit and Governor of Michigan. He served as the U.S. Attorney General and was nominated to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He was a strong defender of civil rights and as a supreme court justice, he is most noted for speaking out against the Japanese internment camps during World War II declaring it “legalized racism”
This house which stands as a museum and memorial to him was once his home and law office in Harbor Beach. After his death in 1949, he was buried at Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic Cemetery in Harbor Beach never forgetting his roots in the Thumb.
It’s amazing the things I learn just by stopping to take a pic and reading a sign. I wish I was out traveling right now, but I am staying home and sharing pics from my archive which is good because I forgot all about this pic that I took about a year and a half ago.
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