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October 10, 2006

Valdosta - Pieces of South Georgia history almost ended up as garbage.

Now, Valdosta State University archivists are pouring through the old television film to preserve these moments.

When journalist and former WALB reporter Ed Lightsey saw this film being thrown away, he rescued the reels but had no idea that the trash would yield such treasures. 
"So I saw them throwing these reels in the trash and I dove in it. It was a dumpster and I dove in it and I was about this deep in garbage and I was getting these reels of film out,"  Lightsey says.

Thirty years later, Lightsey is donating the 122 film reels to the Valdosta State University Archives.  The film dates to the 60's and 70's and depicts Martin Luther King Junior and the Civil Rights Movement to the political life of Jimmy Carter.

The film will be sent to the University of Georgia where it will be digitized and returned to VSU.  The process could take up to two years.

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