The importance of buildings to communties can vary wildly, but there is one building in Georgia that has had a huge impact on the African American artist community. Monroe Bowers Morton was known as "Pink" for his light skin (he was the son of a former slave mother and white father). He built the Morton Theater in 1910. Morton served as a postmaster, published two newspapers, and owned 30 buildings. The center of his empire was the Morton Building, which became the center of African-American business and entertainment in Athens at the turn of the century.