Frank Lee Martin Library at MU celebrates rededication

Friday, May 15, 2009 | 5:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU's journalism library was rededicated on Friday, giving special honor to Frank Lee Martin, the second dean of the Journalism School.

Jim Cogswell, director of MU libraries and ribbon-cutter at Friday's rededication, called the library a place, a provider and a partner, highlighting the various functions it performs at the school.

The rededication remembered Frank Lee Martin, who welcomed seven students expelled from Louisiana State University into the School of Journalism at MU. The students were expelled after refusing to allow their newspaper to be censored by Senator Huey Long.

Sam Montague, one of the seven expelled LSU students, was in attendance Friday.

"He's a living symbol of Dean Martin's lifelong work on behalf of a free press," Dean Mills said of Montague.

Speakers and honored guests at the ceremony included Dean Mills, dean of the School of Journalism; Brian Foster, MU's provost; William Taft, professor emeritus from the journalism department; Dorothy Carner, head of the journalism library; journalism professor Steve Weinberg; and Frank Lee Martin III, grandson of Frank Lee Martin.

Carner gave a brief history of the literature found in the library, calling it the first and largest collection of journalism literature.

Martin, who shared some anecdotes about his grandfather, admitted to not knowing him very well but thanked the library for closing that gap, saying he was proud to be the grandson of the library's namesake.

"The library has been very kind and helpful in helping me learning something about my grandfather," Martin said.

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