Museum to exhibit Rowland's office

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/7/18

The Cleveland City Council recently voted to donate Mayor Tom Rowland’s office furniture to be displayed in a permanent exhibit of his office layout at the Museum Center at Five Points.The …

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Museum to exhibit Rowland's office

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The Cleveland City Council recently voted to donate Mayor Tom Rowland’s office furniture to be displayed in a permanent exhibit of his office layout at the Museum Center at Five Points.

The unanimous vote took place last month, during the city council's regularly scheduled meeting at the Municipal Building.

Rowland, who is Cleveland’s longest-serving mayor, will leave the office of mayor on Monday, when his successor, Mayor-elect Kevin Brooks, is sworn in on that day. Rowland was first elected in 1991.

The exhibit will be displayed in a dedicated space at the museum.

The furniture includes the mayor’s desk, chair, credenza and a computer. The mayor’s current office, which is located at the Municipal Building on Church Street, is a treasure trove of memorabilia with walls aligned with photos of Rowland posing with presidents, first ladies, senators and representatives, as well as numerous awards and citations.

The establishment of the museum is one of Rowland’s first and proudest achievements as mayor. It features artifacts tracing the history of the Ocoee Region, as well as regional art. 

Museum Center at Five Points board of trustees president Joe Mason said Rowland’s leadership helped make the museum possible. He said the museum is working with the mayor on the exhibit, and will be making an announcement soon with further information about it.

“Mayor Rowland’s foresight and leadership were instrumental to the founding of the museum 20 years ago," Mason said. “There is a great deal of excitement around this project. Mayor Rowland is an icon not just in Cleveland but throughout Tennessee.

Janice Neyman, executive director of the museum, said the permanent exhibit will inform generations of museum visitors about Cleveland's longest-serving mayor.

“As a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Ocoee Region, it is fitting to create a permanent exhibit highlighting Tom Rowland’s accomplishments that will benefit the region for generations,” Neyman said.

Neyman told the Cleveland Daily Banner that the museum is ready to house the exhibit but no date has been set for the opening of the exhibit. She and other museum staff have been working on getting the exhibit space for the mayor's office furniture ready for several months.

“We are ready for them to bring the furniture,” Neyman said.

City Manager Joe Fivas said the exhibit will highlight Rowland’s accomplishments.

“Mayor Rowland’s leadership and influence have improved the lives of Cleveland residents for decades, and we are excited to help future generations learn how his accomplishments paved the way for our city’s continued growth and success.”

The Cleveland Daily Banner will be providing full coverage of the upcoming opening of the exhibit when further details are available.

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