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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.

Mitchell Heir Leaving Estate To Archdiocese of Atlanta

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.

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