Main Street Players to present “Cotton Patch Gospel”

FROM STAFF REPORTS :::

Griffin’s Main Street Players will be presenting “Cotton Patch Gospel,” the beloved work of Georgia native Dr. Clarence Jordan.

Jordan is credited with bringing the books of the Bible to life in the 40s with his unique “Cotton Patch” version.

Born in 1912, Jordan is a native of Talbatton, but later married and moved to Americus, where he established his community farm called, Koinonia, which is from the Greek word meaning community or fellowship. Habitat for Humanity was a later outgrowth of the Koininia Farm community.

During the turbulent 50s and 60s, they were considered a threat and targeted with bombings, cross burnings, investigations and the list goes on. However, they survived and continued their mission to create a community where all people could live in harmony.

Dr. Jordan died suddenly in 1969 at the age of 57. The coroner refused to come to the farm to pronounce him dead.

His work was later memorialized in “Cotton Patch Gospel,” books by Tom Key and Russell Trez.

The Main Street Players presentation is based upon these works – a modern day telling of the life of Jesus set in rural Georgia.

Fun, uplifting and inspiring, the show will feature all live music – written by Harry Chapin shortly before his 1981 death — with two guitars, a mandolin, bass and fiddle on stage.

Performances will be held March 14-24, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For additional information, please call the box office at 770-229-9916.

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