Mercer Library Hosts Traveling Exhibit on Underground Newspaper

September 27, 2012

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

MACON — Mercer University’s Jack Tarver Library will be displaying The Great Speckled Bird traveling exhibit now through Oct. 24 on the main floor of the library on the University’s Macon campus. The Great Speckled Bird was one of several underground newspapers that appeared in the United States in the 1960s. The exhibit is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council.

The Great Speckled Bird, commonly referred to as The Bird, was published in Atlanta from 1968-1976. The newspaper was known for its cover art and coverage of a range of topics from national and local politics, women’s issues, gay liberation, reproductive choice, music and art.

The exhibit evolved from a digitized project of The Bird at Georgia State University when it received a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council in 2011 and began a traveling exhibit. The exhibit consists of four retractable display panels, and is open to the public at no cost. Past issues of The Bird are available online at http://library/gsu/edu/gsb/.

Jack Tarver Library is open Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Friday 7:45 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-midnight.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center launched July 1, 2012, and includes the University’s medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and will add a fourth college – the College of Health Professions – on July 1, 2013. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu
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