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Morton Theatre

So happy when the history of the #mortontheatre is treasured by its current audience. #communitybuilding #historictheatre #historicpreservation #downtownathens Thanks @imerygroup
Really enjoyed the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation Award Ceremony last night where they highlighted the community’s best preservation accomplishments from the past year and the stories behind them. And loved running into this pieces from the original @mortontheaterecorp , just thought I would share the pictures. #my_athens #preservation
So happy when the history of the #mortontheatre is treasured by its current audience. #communitybuilding #historictheatre #historicpreservation #downtownathens Thanks @carripickingberries !
Watching the Emperor's New Clothes with Smolls at the always beautiful Morton Theatre. #mortontheatre #athensga #my_athens #history
Happy birthday Pink!
The original builder, owner, and operator of the Morton Building, and founder of the Morton Theatre, Monroe "Pink" Bowers Morton, was born in May 1853 in Athens, Georgia. Morton was the son of a white father and an African-American mother (Morton's mother was a former slave of mixed descent). He acquired the nickname "Pink" among family and friends, which was originally a reference to his complexion. Although he had very little education, Pink Morton was an ambitious man. He tried his hand at several occupations before establishing himself as a building contractor.

Morton's reputation as a contractor, and his active role in the construction industry allowed him to be the contractor for the Wilkes County Courthouse in Washington, Georgia, and he participated in the construction of a government building in Anniston, Alabama. Morton was chosen as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896. He was appointed to the committee that officially informed William McKinley of his nomination as the party's candidate for President.

The following year, 1897, Morton was appointed as the U.S. Postmaster of Athens, Georgia. He remained in this post for the next five years, garnering high praise from local citizens for his performance.
Pink Morton owned between twenty-five to thirty buildings in the Athens area, including a $10,000 marble-stone building on Clayton Street in downtown Athens. The building continues to stand and houses one of the many retail establishments in downtown Athens.

Pink Morton began construction on the Morton Building in 1909. It has been alleged that the design specifications for the Morton Theatre were adapted from an architectural design for a renovation to the nearby New Opera House. The original designs were drawn up by Chicago architect Frank Cox.

The Morton Building was completed on May 18, 1910. #history #mortontheatre #athensga #downtownathens
Had a blast having a girls night tonight seeing The Emperor's New Clothes!! Great job cast and crew!!! Can't wait for our next big adventure with ACT to start in a couple of weeks!! 💗💗💗

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