Grand Opening of the Area's First African-American Museum

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

With the snip of a ribbon the first African-American museum in Thomasville, Georgia opens its doors.

"This is something we have needed in Thomasville for a long time," said Memie Davis, a Thomasville resident.

Jack Hadley has been collecting African-American artifacts since 1968, and after a long journey scouring the country for memorabilia, Hadley finally opened the museum with more than 2,000 pieces.

"We traveled different places, we will see artifacts. People donate artifacts to us. Before I got the museum we just stored them in the house, under the bed, in the closet, it's worked out real good," said Jack Hadley, owner and creator of museum.

The museum is paying homage to African-American leaders and sports players throughout history, as well as some local heroes.

"Let them know what their grandparents, their mothers and fathers have done here in Thomasville," said Davis.

Hadley said the museum is not about race, but educating young children about the different cultures in the world.

"It's about time something like this happens, history is something children miss, and being a black person it's important children know the history of their ancestors," said Jessie Williams, who’s happy the museum opened.

"I learned the black people have accomplished great things," said Devonatae Graham, learning at the museum.

They’re great things that will allow people to learn about their past so they can look forward to their future in hopes for a better tomorrow.

The Jack Hadley Black Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's located on Alexander Street next to Douglass School in Thomasville, Georgia.


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