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Montgomery, Ala., Federal Courthouse Ceremony

Remarks by
Stephen A. Perry
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration

Montgomery, Ala., Federal Courthouse Ceremony
September 13, 2002


Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

I bring you greetings from my GSA associates and the administration of President George W. Bush.

It is a tremendous pleasure and honor for me to be here with U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edmondson, U.S. District Chief Judge Harold Albritton, and U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, the magistrate judges and the other esteemed jurists and colleagues of the court for the dedication of this magnificent United States Courthouse for the Middle District of Alabama. I'm pleased to be joined on this important occasion by Ed Fielder, GSA's Regional Administrator of this Southeast Sunbelt Region, and the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Region, Jimmy Bridgeman.

This annex to the Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse complex that we are dedicating today would not have been possible without the strong collaboration, persistence and excellent work of a great many people over an extended period of time. I would like to congratulate and commend the design architect, Lee Simms. Clearly, Mr. Simms has succeeded in creating a wonderfully designed structure that blends perfectly with the existing courthouse building and will serve the needs of the court and citizens of Alabama for generations to come.

Congratulations also to our GSA team of very talented associates here in our Southeast Sunbelt Region who coordinated this huge construction project. This work was completed under the direction of our Assistant Regional Administrator for the Public Buildings Service, Mr. Tom Walker. The project team included Andy Andruzak, Jerry Wall, Brian Waylan, Margorie King and Stan Hall. Again, congratulations and a special thank you to Tom Walker and the project team for your hard work in achieving this spectacular result for the court and for the American people.

As you know, this building is named for Frank M. Johnson, Jr., who was appointed district judge for the Middle District of Alabama by President Eisenhower in 1955. That's the same year that Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery city bus. Judge Johnson handed down the landmark decision in that case and a wide range of other civil rights cases which changed to course of events during that important era in our Nation's history. It's comforting to know that this new facility will provide the space and amenities the court will need to continue its rich tradition in the administration of the principles of democracy, liberty and justice for all.
Today and for generations to come, this court in this new facility will carry on - deciding the issues of the day.

Again, on behalf of GSA, on behalf of President Bush and on behalf of the American people, congratulations to all who worked so hard to make the project such a great success - and best wishes for continued success in the future.

Thank you very much.