Many of Athens’ black doctors, dentists, and pharmacists practiced in the Morton Building. Among these were Dr. Ida Mae Johnson Hiram, the first black woman to be licensed to practice in the state, and Dr. William H. Harris, one of the founders of the Georgia State Medical Association of Colored Physicians, Dentists, and Druggists and one of the most prominent Athens black physicians.
The Pharmacy is our reception hall space. It is built in the historic E.D. Harris Pharmacy and designed to maintain the historic significance of the space. It has several antique pharmacists tools and medications in glass cases along the wall, a bar, a warming kitchen for caterers AND a panoramic view of Athens' Hot Corner.
Whether you are planning a comedy night, a dance show, a stirring drama, or a social event, we’d love to show you all that the Morton has to offer as a unique venue. Our versatile space has accommodated live theater, public ceremonies, music concerts, church services, weddings, dance concerts, film screenings, receptions, seminars, award shows, pageants, community events, and more. Our Downtown location and proximity to the University of Georgia offers an ideal venue for access to students, faculty, visitors, and local residents alike. Experience a part of the local history while creating some of your own!
To set up a tour and inquire about renting the auditorium, conference room, or E.D. Harris Pharmacy event space, call the administrative office at 706-613-3770.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday noon to 6:00 PM