The Union Recorder

October 1, 2012

African-American history on display at historic landmark

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The quaint, 2,200 square-foot house that sits at 301 S. Clarke St. was once the home to local African-American educator whose philanthropic nature resides with several students and members of the community through her legacy. Today, that residence serves as Georgia College's cultural arts center, also known as the Sallie Ellis Davis House. 

Since officially opening in April, the center debuted its first exhibit just last week, “From the Minds of African-Americans,” in partnership with the educational and cultural resource center The Tubman Museum in Macon.

Built in 1890, the Sallie Ellis Davis House served as Davis' residence from 1912 until her death in 1950. The house was used as a residence until 1989 when the University System of Georgia Board of Regents purchased it.

The transformation of the 123-year-old home into an African-American cultural center began in June 2009 just months after The Georgia Trust listed the educator's home as a “Place in Peril.” 

Former Georgia College President Dr. Dorothy Leland and community member Carolyn Thomas, chair of the Sallie Ellis Davis Foundation, led the partnership to save the historic house. The Georgia College Foundation, Georgia College Campus Operations department, Garbutt-Christman Construction and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture teamed up to complete the project.

During April of this year, the historic home resurrected as a modern-day cultural center, including a meeting/banquet room, classroom equipped with today's technology and small kitchen.

The traveling exhibit is on display at the house through Friday, Nov. 2.

The house opens for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. 

The cost for admission into the exhibit is $5 for adults ages 18 through 60, $3 for adults 61 and older, $1 for non-Georgia College students, and free for  Georgia College students, faculty, staff and children under age 6.

For more information about the Sallie Ellis Davis House or to make an appointment to visit the exhibit, call (478) 445-4545, or visit www.gcsu.edu/salliedavis. For more information about The Tubman Museum, visit www.tubmanmuseum.com.

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