O'Connor desk relocates to new storefront
The early 1900s drafting table adorned former Milledgeville mayor and business owner Peter Cline’s dry goods and mercantile store.
When the store closed, the ledger table moved inside the Cline family home and into his granddaughter, Georgia College alumna Flannery O’Connor’s bedroom.
O’Connor drew her signature cartoons on the 6-foot-wide-by-4-foot-tall desk during her college years.
Earlier this month, the pinewood table moved to its new storefront in Georgia College Museum’s Flannery O’Connor Room. O’Connor’s first cousin, Louise Florencourt, donated the drafting table after its restoration by M&M Refinishing in Milledgeville.
“This piece of furniture is a major part of O’Connor’s life in Milledgeville and gives us another piece of her background,” said Nancy Davis-Bray, associate director of Special Collections.
While best remembered for her fiction, O'Connor was also an accomplished cartoonist. Her cartoons originally appeared in The Colonnade student newspaper, The Corinthian literary magazine, The Spectrum yearbook and Alumnae Journal at then Georgia State College for Women.
The original cartoons are housed in the Georgia College Library Archives, as part of its permanent O’Connor Collection, along with thousands of pages of typescripts and manuscripts, photographs, tape recordings, films, letters, memorabilia and her personal library of more than 700 books and journals.
O’Connor’s grandfather became mayor of Milledgeville during 1888, making many improvements to the city.
Cline’s work included the installation of Milledgeville’s present water system. He later became a stockholder in the first electric lighting system in the city.
Cline also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Georgia Military College, director of Milledgeville Banking Co. and member of the Board of Commissioners of the Colored Industrial School in Savannah.
For more information about the desk call 478-445-0074 or email Katherine Pope, Special Collections archival associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.