Racial prejudice, Football, and Denzel Washington. These three very different terms might have no meaning to someone unfamiliar with the iconic American film that “Remember the Titans” grew to be, but to those of us who have watched it, it’s hard for the struggles of the characters so cemented in American culture and socio-politics to not find a way into our hearts and minds. The movie follows the integration of an all-White school with an all-Black school in a Virginian town in 1971 where Football is everything and is seen through the eyes of the Black coach (played by Denzel Washington) who is chosen as Head Coach of the Football team over the previous White coach. It is based on true events, progressing as the boys and men start trusting each other despite their differences to become an excellent team.
In any case, chances are that if you went to school at any point after the 2000’s, this movie has been played in one of your classes. It is regarded as a national classic, and for those who appreciate the message of the movie, has a love for football or even a nostalgic feeling for the film then you’ll be glad to learn that some of the movie was filmed in Covington, Georgia. Covington is the Original “Hollywood of the South”, so getting to know all its nooks and crannies makes for an interesting day out of the house regardless, with many other locales in it to keep you interested- from the haunted houses to the beautiful, antique Square.
One of the most recognizable places the film was shot at was at our local Sharp Stadium, where our local high school Football teams still play today and where the team practice scenes as well as some of the beautiful downtown buildings can be seen in this movie. So, gear up, get ready to chant along to “We are the Titans! The mighty, mighty Titans!” as you go on this eye-opening tour behind the scenes of your favorite movie.
Be sure to make your plans to stop by the Newton County Visitors Center and pick up everything you need to make your visit in Covington a memorable one and you too will be saying #ilovcovga.