About The Founder: The museum was opened in 1982 and is named for its founder, Mrs. Isabel Anderson Comer, who conceived the idea in 1977. After several years of meetings, planning, and negotiations, the museum opened its doors in 1982. Prior to becoming a museum, the building was a public library. The dark area on the floor in the foyer shows the location of the check-out desk.
It was Mrs. Comer's inspiration and untiring efforts, along with help from many other Sylacaugans, that brought the metamorphosis from a library to a museum.
Isabel Anderson Comer - Biography Isabel Anderson Comer was a native of Montgomery, Alabama, where she attended Margaret Booth School for Girls. She was a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and wife of Donald Comer, Jr. She and Mr. Comer moved to Sylacauga in 1971 when he became President of Avondale Mills. Mrs. Comer's family included three Alabama governors: William Wyatt Bibb and Thomas Bibb, the State's first two governors and Bibb Graves, first governor in the 20th century to serve two terms. Prior to coming to Sylacauga, Mrs. Comer lived in Birmingham for over 25 years, where she was president of Red Mountain Garden Club of America, member of Colonial Dames of America and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a member of the Committee of 100 of Birmingham and a longtime supporter and benefactor of the Birmingham Symphony. A leader in Sylacauga's civic and cultural events, Mrs. Comer was president of the Sylacauga Council on Arts and Humanities, for which her son, Donald Comer, III, designed the logo currently in use. She was a board member of Sylacauga Beautification Council and a member of the Marble City Study Club
In the late 1970's, she spearheaded the move to transform the former B.B. Comer Library into a museum, raising much of the funding through her own efforts. The museum was officially dedicated in February 1982, and renamed The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center on April 21, 1985.
Isabel Anderson Comer died in August 1985 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.
The mission of The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum and Arts Center is to promote the social, cultural, and historical arts in the community; to provide access to the arts and humanities by providing artistic expositions, displays, lectures, and cultural events through the involvement of civic, community, educational, and social organizations. These activities shall encourage preservation of artifacts important to the region, provide a forum for artistic expression in our service area and promote and provide educational experiences for schools, churches, clubs, and individuals.
Through invaluable community support and donations, the Isabel Anderson Comer Museum is able to display a wide collection of local history artifacts, photographs and memorabilia of the local area.