Historic Screening of “40 Acres and A Mule” Docudrama At Green-Meldrim House


A historic screening and discussion of the docudrama “40 Acres and a Mule” will be held at the Green-Meldrim House on September 20 to benefit Savannah-Chatham County CASA, the nonprofit that advocates for the rights of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Tickets for attending the event are $186.50 per person.

In the winter of 1864-1865 General William T. Sherman was using the residence of Charles Green, now known as the Green- Meldrim House, as his Savannah headquarters after his historic March to the Sea. On January 12, 1865 Sherman hosted a meeting between the U.S. secretary of war and 20 African-American church leaders. It was the first time in history the government asked black Americans, “What do you need to sustain your freedom and take care of yourselves?” The result was the federal land policy known as “40 acres and a mule.”

The 30-minute docudrama show how the meeting came about, what actually happened during the meeting and the impact it had.

The film creators of “40 Acres and a Mule” have shown and led audience discussions of the docudrama at public libraries, churches, schools, museums and an African-American film festival. The September 20 screening is the first time it will be shown in the house where the meeting took place.

The Green- Meldrim House is located at 14 W. Macon Street, facing Madison Square. The event begins at 7 PM. To make a reservation, please go to www.eventbrite.com/e/historicscreeningdiscussion of-40- acres-and-a-mule-greenmeldrim house- tickets- 68221633743?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

For further infomation about this event, contact Lorrie Rumpel, (912) 660-6957; rumpel@40acresandamule.org. To view the docudrama’s trailer, go to www.youtube.com/ watch?v=aEnHl2mUZiw.

Savannah- Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. CASA takes a holistic approach of the child’s psychological, physical, educational and well-being needs to advocate for permanency in the child’s life. For more information about CASA, please go to www.savannahcasa.org.

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