A Family Has Over 100 Years Rooted in South Georgia.

"That's where our roots are at," said Slave Descendant Jack Hadley.

Roots that reach hundreds of years back on a Plantation.

"We grew up on Pebble Hill Plantation," said Hadley.

These eyes have seen a lineage of history unfold.

"My dad was fathered by a slave," said Hadley.

"Back in 1919 the Hadley's Grandmother Lula Reid Hadley sold this acre of land for only twenty-five dollars."

Lula Reid Hadley's son, Dennis Hadley, married a woman named Rosetta and together they had 14 children.

"Four brothers already passed two of us Richard and myself then I have eight sisters still living," said Hadley.

I got a chance to meet a family member from a younger generation who said he's honored to be a part of such rich history.

"I come from a family of educators .. I come from a family of musicians," said Hadley's Nephew Michael Hadley.

"I have an aunt who is a well known opera singer who has traveled the world," said Witherspoon.

The Hadley family puts on a family reunion every ten years the last one was in 2007.

"There were over one-thousand people there ,to see one-thousand people at one time and you're all cousins , it was pretty cool," said Witherspoon.

From slavery to present day this family has seen African-Americans make history first hand.

"Even today I would have never dreamed that a black man would be president," said Hadley.

"We have a lot of history within our family," said Richard Hadley.

History that continues to live on through many generations.

The Hadley family said they live by the quote "success is paid with the will to never stop learning."

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  • by Anonymous Location: Ga on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    @ just keeping it REAL in Atlanta, it is people like you who keep this racism going. YOu cannt be African American, you are an American if you want to be an African then by all means go to Africa but you are, or by what I am reading, an American by birth. Our country is NOT Afica, Japen, China or who ever just America. And oh btw I nor anyone that is standing or setting on USA soils ows you nothing so stop ya'll complaining. Not anyone one of us was born during the slavery time period so stop acting like we owe you something because I hate to so this but WE DO NOT OWE YOU NOTHING.
  • by Amber Location: Thomasville, Ga on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    It is amazing to me...I have read every comment on this page, and just by the words you can tell who is black and who is white...every ignorant response that looks like a 2 year old wrote it, is defending Black History Month and calling "all us white folks prejudice", but the responses that actually make sense and are educated to the point that you can actually read and understand them, those are coming from the residents who are just trying to tell "blacks" to grow up! My opinion: who cares! Oh well, your ancestors were slaves, but hey at least they didn't leave you in Africa to starve in the heat. If you look at the history, slaves had to work, but they worked for food, shelter, water, and clothes. Which was better than what they had in their "homeland". But yet again, the black community wants everything handed to them. Sounds just like today's society, how many blacks are living off of welfare, without jobs, and making white citizens pay for their "youguns". It's Crazy!
  • by just keeping it REAL on Feb 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    History is History.. but dont expect me not to educate my kids about their history... Thats like me telling them not to know who their creator is.. Or better yet why not just forget about George Washington.. Or lets forget about who your parents are and start fresh... Need to know where u have been to know where u are going... Prisons are being built.. Child Support Separates good parents.. and Education SUCKS!!! History is what tells you what is REAL and Virtual because with the technology today it makes Lies the TRUTH... IM JUST KEEPING IT REAL
  • by TheAmerican Location: Thomasville on Feb 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    I'm a white American and I love to celebrate the history and culture of blacks. It's ok to appreciate your culture and let everyone know. God Bless America!
  • by Make da best of it Location: south of Ga on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Racism will never stop between the whites and blacks...i can already see reversed discrimintion everyday. All we can do is try to get through the best we can and make the best of it till we are all leave this ole bitter place.sad but true.
  • by sickofit Location: ga on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    TO ANYWHERE, FL: The problem is people just like "you": everything has to have a "label" black or white - not just history - but it's only okay to put the "black" label on a specific month otherwise people like you get offended. That's where the problems keep going, this country and what you have today is because of the roots that go back in families just like mine and so many others that fought for this country and it is sad that racism still exists today, but until people like you start living in the present and quit throwing that "all your ancestors got put through" card into the mix YOU continue to assure that racism will thrive. If it's so bad here you have options, get a ticket.
  • by Agree Location: Thomas County on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    Just this week I found out my family has been in this area for 200 years. They were poor farmers, not slave owners. I'm grateful for that, but I am still treated as if they were. Whatever happened 200 years ago needs to stay there and you need to move forward.
  • by Hook Location: America on Feb 5, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    Forcing black history on everyone does not promote harmony. Whites tend to recoil from it, and rightfully so. Today's whites are tired of being blamed for all the ill's of the nation.
  • by just keeping it REAL Location: ATLANTA GA on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:38 PM
    HATERS... if you or your family make some noise in the community then maybe yall would be on the spotlight and not them.. sound like some ducks quacking.. it seems like a family that is letting others know the importance and accomplishments of their family... i wish my family has done those things but i respect those who have... and as far as BLACK HISTORY MONTH.. ITS BLACK HISTORY PERIOD cause BLACKS are the highlights of everthing... We are a proud people of our culture and NEVER will we erase it to be called AMERICANS!! IT IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AFRICAN AMERICAN until GOD RETURNS... there will always be ignorance
  • by Why do we even need it. Location: tally on Feb 4, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    My family has had land in south GA for over 200 years. So, good for them for being here for 100. And by the way, my ancestors never had slaves. I agree with Morgan Freeman (who is a black man, in case you didn't know) that we should do away with Black History Month. The only way we are going to get rid of racism in this country is to remove race labels from everything. At the heart of it, we are all Americans. Not African Americans, Jewish Americans or Chineese Americans but Americans of African, Jewish and Chineese descent.
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