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Documentary "Below Baldwin" to be Screened at Morton Theatre

Amy Scott

The Athens community is invited to attend a screening of a new documentary focusing on the discovery of likely slave remains during construction at the University of Georgia’s Baldwin Hall.

The Morton Theatre Corporation is sponsoring the premiere screening of “Below Baldwin;” How An Expansion Project Unearthed a University’s Legacy of Slavery.” A panel discussion will follow the screening. Kimberly Davis is a member of the organization’s board.

“It promises to be a great event, particularly because we think it’s in line with our mission as the Morton Theatre Corporation, to do this type of work as it pertains to African-American history and heritage in Athens.”

She says the film addresses what has happened since the remains were discovered.

“I think it’s important for Athens history, but also Athens African-American history because it’s likely that people who are living here now, African-Americans who are living here now, are descended from some of those slaves who were found under that building,” Davis said. “We also know that there are bodies still buried under Baldwin hall. We’ll never know the extent to which our community will be affected by that.”

The screening is Sunday, March 31st at 5 pm.

“This, I think, is a just way for the university and community to come to some type of recognition,” Davis said.

Organizers are asking for a suggested $10 donation for general admission and $5 for students.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!