Smithsonian Hometown Sports Exhibit opens in Forsyth
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The city of Forsyth opened the doors to its Smithsonian Hometown Team Sports Exhibit on Friday.
It was one of 14 cities chosen in the state for their rich sports history, but the pop up museum is more than just pictures on a wall for Forsyth residents.
For local sports fans like Bobby Melton, the displays along the walls in the Monroe County Museum honor a past that’s close to home.
“There’s a picture in here of my brother’s 68′ team that was a really good basketball team. They went to the final four that year.”
Melton wrote the book on a well-known school in the sports realm and his Alma mater–Mary Persons High.
“Sports has such a rich history here in Forsyth. Mary Persons football is known statewide and has been for years and years,” said organizer Richard Dumas.
The exhibit takes pieces from the city’s past moments, and lets people relive the athletic glory.
“We started gathering and people from around town started sending some of their memorabilia,” said Melton. “We’ve got basketball, we’ve got Tift College, we’ve got motor sports,” he added.
But Dumas says it’s also giving residents in a small town one more reason to bond.
“It’s just the opportunity to come together for something that everyone really likes and appreciates.”
For Melton, that’s what history is all about. “People will come in and they can look at these pictures and say ‘oh, that’s my cousin’ or ‘I remember when he scored a touchdown or hit the winning basket at the buzzer’,” he continued.
Connecting people to the past in the present, to celebrate every basket, every goal and every win.
The opening ceremony is on Saturday where they’ll have special guests from the Atlanta Falcons. You can head to Forsyth and see the exhibit inside the Monroe County Museum in downtown until it ends on July 22nd.