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Screening and Discussion of The Soul of Athens: A History of the Morton Theatre

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium

Date / Time: 10/11/2015 3:00 PM


Please join us on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00 PM in the Athens-Clarke County Library's Appleton Auditorium to for a viewing of the film The Soul of Athens: A History of the Morton Theatre and a post-screening discussion with the film's creator, Keith B. Plummer, a nationally recognized director for his work documenting important but often forgotten events in African-American history.

The Morton Theatre opened in 1910, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by local businessman Monroe Bowers Morton, his building is now the oldest theatre to have been built, owned, and operated by an African-American. The building was not just a place for vaudeville and other travelling shows, but a place where local African-American high schools held their graduations and programs, provided office and retail space to other African-American professionals in Athens, and was a prominent part of the "Hot Corner" business district.

Mr. Plummer, owner of Plumgood Productions, has won numerous awards and film festival selections for his documentary work, and will discuss the making of this film and other documentaries, such as Before the Memories Fail: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement, after the screening. A brief reception will follow the discussion.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. Donations by non-members, however, are deeply appreciated, or if you enjoy the program, please look for our membership table outside the auditorium.

You can read about the film in this Flagpole article from May. We hope to see you there!




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