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Mid-State Filmmaker Tells Sweet Tale That Links Hershey Chocolates and Cuba

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state linguist is trying his hand at filmmaking in a tribute to a country and people he’s come to love.

Dr. Richard Morris teaches Spanish and Linguistics at Middle Tennessee State University. Morris has been traveling to Cuba for years with student study groups.

Recently Professor Morris completed a film about what he considers a fascinating chapter in Cuban-American relations. In 1916, American industrialist Milton Hershey of chocolate fame built a massive sugar production operation in the island nation’s heartland.

Morris says Hershey was a philanthropist who built a revolutionary relationship with his Cuban workforce.

“Hershey will do more than just turn profits. He will build a socially progressive empire unlike anything Cuba has ever known, shielded from the worst economic depression in modern history, and stay true to his most deeply held convictions.”

A highlight of the project for Dr. Morris was a chance to get to interview the descendants of Cubans who lived worked for Hershey in his company town.

Morris will present the film Milton Hershey’s Cuba Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the MTSU Student Union Building. The screening is free and open to the public.

You can see a preview of the film on Youtube.