Margaret Mitchell’s Maid Not Crazy About GWTW

Hear what Margaret Mitchell's maid thought of the famous novel. 


  • Cynthia Barker as Jessie in “Tomorrow is Another Day” at Atlanta History Center
    Cynthia Barker as Jessie in “Tomorrow is Another Day” at Atlanta History Center
  • Margaret Mitchell (Mary Saville) and John Marsh (Tim Batten) listen to Jessie’s take on the famous novel.
    Margaret Mitchell (Mary Saville) and John Marsh (Tim Batten) listen to Jessie’s take on the famous novel.

“Tomorrow is Another Day,” is Atlanta History Center’s newest “Meet the Past” theatrical production. Opening March 27, this 40-minute play directed by Addae Moon is set in Margaret Mitchell’s home the day before the premiere of “Gone With the Wind,” the movie. Here’s a sneak preview: 

It takes several gulps of Georgia moonshine for the maid, Jessie (Cynthia Barker), to tell Margaret Mitchell (Mary Saville) what she really thinks about the novel.

In Jessie’s words, “It’s not the characters I have problems with. It’s the narrator.”      

Go on, Jessie. What else?

Jessie is outraged because of the book’s depiction of the O’Hara’s slaves as lazy.  

Yes, Jessie is the star of this production, with Mitchell and husband John Marsh (Tim Batten) on stage so that Jessie has an audience for her opinions.

As the production winds to a close, Margaret Mitchell says to her husband, “She hates us.”

“That’s not true,” he replies.

“I was trying to tell a story about a woman surviving against impossible odds,” Mitchell says.

And, of course, she did.

Coming up at Atlanta History Center on April 11 is the annual family day, Sheep to Shawl. Enjoy sheep shearing, and witness the dyeing, spinning and weaving of wool. There will be open-hearth cooking, blacksmith demonstrations and candle making, all set against a backdrop of live music.   

Carol Carter, a journalist, writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

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