Kids | Family,
African-American heritage runs deep in Athens, and on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:00 p.m., the Athens-Clarke County Library will host a presentation on one of the area's richest in history and strongest in legacy - Hot Corner. Lynn Battle Green, the managing director of the Morton Theater, will discuss the history and legacy of the Morton Theatre, built in 1910, and Hot Corner, an early center of African-American commerce.
Hot Corner, located in downtown Athens at the corner of Washington and Hull streets, was once the heart of the city's African-American commerce and culture. While many of the historic businesses that once occupied the buildings have since been replaced by restaurants and bars, the legacy of the area lives on through surviving establishments, like the Morton Theatre, as well as the annual Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Fest each summer. The Morton Theatre, now over a century old, is one of the oldest surviving vaudeville theatres built, owned and operated by an African-American, Monroe Bowers "Pink" Morton. The theatre hosted notable artists like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Morton Theatre has been fully restored and hosts a full schedule of events and performances. The presentation will be held in Multipurpose Room A at the library. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended to ensure seating. For more information or to register, please call the Heritage Room at (706) 613-3650, ext. 350. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.
No admission charge, please call to register