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Friday, August 22, 2014

Old Smokey film; free to the public on Saturday

UM Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service, Historic Black Church Program, Oral History Film Documentary Project's premiere of Old Smokey: A Community History, is on Saturday, August 23, from 6 to 8 pm. It's free and open to the public.

The documentary  is an oral history of the health outfall from the incinerator located in Village West. The incinerator, dubbed Old Smokey, belched smoke and dropped falling ash settling on surrounding neighborhoods for decades. Tens of sites around Miami have since been identified as containing toxic chemicals arising from the use of the burned remains of the incinerator as landfill.

The evening will celebrate the campus-community Oral History Documentary Film Project and its partnership with the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, George Washington Carver High School Alumni Association, Ransom Everglades School, and Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries.

The screening will be in the gymnasium at Elizabeth Virrick Park, located at 3255 Plaza Street in Coconut Grove. There is free parking around the entire block of the park. Additional parking is available at St. Matthew's Community Baptist Church, located at 3616 Day Avenue; around the corner from Virrick Park.

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