LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel activity center for senior residents has been officially named in honor of a late, local civil rights leader and prominent businessman. A facility on N. 10th Ave. has been named for Dr. B. E. Murph.
He was a dentist, civil rights pioneer and civic leader who died in 1972.
Thursday, local residents gathered with some of Dr. Murph's family and members of the National Oak Park High School Alumni Assn. for a re-naming ceremony. It included the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Murph.
"There is nothing else in Laurel named after him," said Lula Cooley, center director. "Dr. Murph affected so many people's lives," she said.
"I think having this building named after him will keep his name alive and it will help the younger people to know what he was about and what he did to help this community," said Sandra Murph Davis, one of Dr. Murph's daughters. "So, I'm very honored to have the building named after him," she said.
The center originally opened three years ago on the site of a former recreation office that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.