“A Place that Matters”

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By Jamison Hooks

staff writer

The 1895 Romanesque Revival Building located at 343 South Main Street has served many purposes for the citizens of Madison and Morgan County over the last century.

The building has had many lives, it’s first as a school, then a library and finally the home of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).

Due to the building’s extensive history and significance to the community, the Trustees of the MMCC are excited to share “A Place that Matters”, a film documenting the building and it’s evolution over the years.

The building operated as a school until 1957 and was then used as a library for a short time before closing. In 1976 the building re-opened as the MMCC.

“Some people only know that building as the cultural center but it has a long history as a gathering place for the community. It’s played many important roles over the past 120 plus years,” said Former Board of Trustees member Ruth Bracewell.

The world premier of “A Place that Matters” will be shown at the MMCC on Sunday July 17 at 4p.m.

In the film, local historians share stories, laughs, and old memories from their time spent at the building.

Many former students and teachers make special appearances in the film such as Kittie Everitt, Waddie Tamplin, and Charles Baldwin.

Many whom have sentimental ties to the building will be at the premier including Maurice Thompson, the last Principal of the school who is 100 years old.

“The building has positively affected a lot of people here and some people may not realize the long history and many lives of the building,” said Bracewell. Admission to the premier is complementary however reservations are required. Contact the MMCC at (706)-342-4743.

If you cannot attend the World Premier of “A Place that Matters”, DVD’s will be available for purchase.

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