Baldwin County Demolishes Historic Prison

Middle Georgia history buffs are questioning the decision to destroy the final remains of a historic Milledgeville prison.

The Georgia State Prison Farm is known as the site of the state’s first electric chair, dubbed “Old Sparky.” It’s also known as the place where Jewish prisoner Leo Frank was abducted, taken to Marietta and lynched. He was later cleared of killing a child.

Film maker Edwin Atkins is producing a documentary about the prison. He says Baldwin County is destroying something that can never be replaced.

ATKINS: You just can’t negate how important this is in Georgia’s history. It wasn’t the responsibility of the local county to take it down. [0:09.674]

The county says the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is dangerous and too expensive to repair.