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One afternoon sometime in the late 1960s, John H. Murphy took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and dropped a large pallet directly onto his left foot. It was the desperate move of a man seeking a legitimate leave of absence from his day job so that he could pursue his passion for building homes full time. Disappointingly, John was prescribed aspirin rather than a medical leave of absence. So, he quit his job altogether and founded Eastern Home Erectors in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

By 1970, John expanded and rebranded his home construction services, becoming founder and president of Eastern General Contractors, Inc., a company that he would run until his death in 2022. Eastern became one of the most successful construction companies along the Eastern seaboard, with projects that included hospitals, schools, restaurants, fire houses, community centers, airports, transportation depots, military base construction, retail stores and more. It was a formidable achievement for anyone, but particularly for a black man born in a small South Carolina town during the height of the Great Depression. 

To honor the legacy of the late John H. Murphy, his family has created an endowment in his name at Western New England University and a scholarship in his name for students in and around his hometown in South Carolina. We cannot imagine a better legacy for our beloved builder than empowering a new generation of construction lovers to become leaders in the industry that defined the remarkable life of John H. Murphy and hope that you will join us. Will you please consider contributing to the John H. Murphy Memorial Scholarship, Inc.? Your tax-deductible gift will help a young person make their dream of constructing buildings actionable. Thank you for your contribution. Please indicate your donation category below. 

JHMMS Friend – Up to $250
JHMMS Foundation Donor – $500

Corporate Donor: 
JHMMS Platinum Sponsor $5,000
JHMMS Gold Sponsor $2,500
JHMMS Silver Sponsor $1,000 

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