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Office of Communications and Marketing
1235 Fifteenth Street
Augusta, GA 30901
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date Released: Thursday, April 3, 2008

Paine College to celebrate grand opening of The Frank Yerby House 

(AUGUSTA) - On Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 3 p.m. Paine College will celebrate the grand opening of the Frank Yerby House. The home of the internationally acclaimed author was moved to the Paine College campus in February 2004. It has since undergone major renovations to its interior and exterior. The structure was donated by the President of AOC Enterprise, Allan Collier.

President George C. Bradley, faculty and staff are ready to formally introduce this stunning success to the Augusta community. The event will begin at the Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Afterwards, guest will enjoy a ribbon cutting, tour of the home, movie screening of Foxes of Harrow and light refreshments.

Frank Yerby a native of Augusta received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Paine College in 1937 and in 1938 he received a Master’s of Arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. As a student at Paine College, Yerby wrote the Paine College Hymn also known as the Paine College Alma Mater. During his career as an author Yerby published more than thirty novels. He was the first African American to write a best-selling novel and to have a book purchased by a Hollywood studio for a film adaptation.

Of those his thirty-three novels, three have been made into motion pictures. His first novel to make to the big screen was Foxes of Harrow in 1946; this book was also his first novel. Soon after came The Golden Hawk in 1948 and The Saracen Blade in 1952.

Yerby has sold more than 55 million copies and his writings have been translated into 22 languages. Aside from being a phenomenal writer, Yerby was an English professor at Florida A&M, Southern University and University of Chicago. Yerby settled abroad for the majority of his life living in France and Madrid in a protest against racial discrimination.
For more information, contact: Natasha Carter, Director of Campus Communications and Marketing at (706) 821-8323.
Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.