New Monument at the Thomas County Courthouse

After seven months of hard work, the historical bronze plaque is unveiled.

Jack Hadley, a local historian, has been working on getting a monument to honor six men and women who struggled for equal voting rights for African-Americans in Thomas County.

Hadley says, "I think it's a plus for Thomas County and Thomasville itself to show that we all want to be one instead of having a separate community."

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, along with other dignitaries, were on hand for this momentous occasion.

Representative Bishop says, "Today we live in a better society and stronger community because of the men and women like Dr. King that gave all that they had for the cause of freedom, justice and equality."

The day, the new plaque, and the ceremony tugs at the emotions of many.

Commissioner Robert Holton sad, "It's really great. It's kind of hard for me to explain because I've been involved with it from the beginning up until today, so it's a really, really great moment in my life to be able to participate in something like this."

A part of history that was a longtime in the making will now forever be a part of Thomas County. The original plan called for a standing monument to be placed on the courthouse lawn.

After numerous meetings commissioners decided to dedicate the plaque that will hang inside.