Special Documentary About South Carolina Women to Premiere in March

The documentary Edgewood: Stage of Southern History will premiere at the Pickens-Salley Symposium on Southern Women at the University of South Carolina Aiken on March 29 and March 30, 2010. The documentary examines the house “Edgewood,” built in 1829, and the lives of two famous women who lived there: Lucy Pickens and Eulalie Salley. SC Humanities supported this documentary through a Planning Grant in October 2008 and a Major Grant in February 2009.

Edgewood was originally built for secessionist governor Francis W. Pickens in Edgefield District. The structure has been physically moved twice, and it now houses the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of University Advancement at the University of South Carolina Aiken. In the 20th century, Edgewood was home to Eulalie Salley, a major activities and suffragette in South Carolina.

Edgewood: Stage of Southern History will be screened two times in March 2010. A Special Gala Preview Event will take place on the grounds of the Pickens-Salley House on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The event will include period food, beverages, and entertainment, and the tickets are $75 per person. A second screening that is free and open to the public will take place on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Though the event is free, tickets must be reserved. For more information about securing tickets for either of the above screenings, please contact the USC Aiken Box Office at 803-641-3305. To learn more about the documentary Edgewood: Stage of Southern History, please visit the documentary website at: http://www.edgewoodfilm.com/.

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