Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mixin with Mixon: Journey to Tifton

This past Saturday, a contingent from the Russell Library drove down to Tifton, Georgia to celebrate a great grassroots political activist and south Georgia icon: Mrs. Eunice Mixon. The folks in Tifton wanted to show their appreciation for Miss Eunice's commitment to the local community and the entire state. And she's been so good to the Russell Library we couldn't miss the party! They served iced tea and pound cake and invited anyone with fond memories to step up to the podium and tell some tales. Our group ended up with sides sore from laughing and an even greater appreciation for the energy Miss Eunice has brought to politics, policy & education for the last 40 years.

A few snapshots from the road trip...

The celebration was held at the Agrirama -- Georgia's Museum of Agriculture. But first! We cruised into Tifton's downtown on Love Avenue and had lunch at Three Graces restaurant at the Lankford Manor.

When we arrived at Agrirama, we knew immediately we were in the right place... the room was decorated with dozens of pictures of Miss Eunice's life in politics and her signature parasols (which she never leaves home without). And shortly, we found the woman of the hour.

During the event, our own Jill Severn stepped up to the podium to express our gratitude to Mrs. Mixon for donating her papers to the Russell Library and participating in the Reflections on Georgia Politics oral history project. We had a wonderful time and all look forward to mingling with the folks in Tifton again sometime soon!

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