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Mitchell Heir Leaving Estate To Archdiocese of Atlanta

$7.5 million from the estate, which includes a share of rights to "Gone With the Wind," will be given to Cathedral of Christ the King for its building fund.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta recently received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, which includes a 50-percent share of the trademark and literary rights to the classic novel, “Gone With the Wind.”

According to a report by the Georgia Bulletin, the Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, the estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the donation of his home on Habersham Road. 

Joseph Mitchell, who passed away in October 2011, was a member of the in Buckhead. He asked that his donation assist the Cathedral, the report said.

“It is a magnificent gift,” said Deacon Steve Swope, who has been shepherding the transition of the bequest on behalf of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

From the estate, Archbishop Gregory has designated that $7.5 million be given to the Cathedral of Christ the King for its building fund.

Plans call for the Cathedral parish, which has limited space on its Peachtree Road site, to use part of the bequest to purchase the nearby archbishop’s residence on West Wesley and renovate it as a rectory for Cathedral priests. 

A new residence is planned for Archbishop Gregory and future archbishops of Atlanta on the Habersham Road property given by Joseph Mitchell.

For much more information on what is included in the inheritance, as well as the plans for its use, read the full article here.

JM Hurricane August 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Fantastic news for CTK! Extremely generous donation to a great parish.
Edi August 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
A church has no business buying super expensive real estate -- especially to house ministers. What hypocrisy.
JM Hurricane August 18, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Salve Regina... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=d5p_U8J0iRQ
JM Hurricane August 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
As a Catholic I always hear people say we wordhip Mary as a God. Nothing could be further from the truth. We respect Mary as the Mother of Christ. Just like we would respect anyones Mother. Jesus loved his mother as we all love our mothers.
JM Hurricane August 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The land the Catholic Church has aquired over 400 years is donated.
Wesley Cole August 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
as a former Atlanta, a HUGE fan of Gone with the Wind and completely against the Catholic Pope and their "religion" this is awful news but what a great time to finally TAX the Church and especially the Catholic one.

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