Thomasville Hosts Moody Air Force Day Celebration

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville hosted a variety of guests -- all united by one purpose.

Museum board member Virgil Murray explains, "[The event is] ...to let everyone know as a whole what we have accomplished and what we're still trying to accomplish, and some of the achievements by blacks."

The south Georgia community came together to celebrate service men and women -- and Black History Month with a
'Moody Air Force Day Celebration' (2/12).

Dewey Riou rode up from Tallahassee with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club.

Says Riou, "It makes me very happy and it makes me very proud that we are able to share this history with people who are interested."

The activity-filled day included tours of the museum, and videos that showed what life is like for an active duty military person.

The Buffalo Soldiers Calvary out of Marianna, Florida even stopped by for a visit.

Coordinators say their mission is to remind people about the sacrifices active and retired service men and women have made -- as well as prepare a younger generation to carry on the rich oral tradition of African-American history.

Riou commented, "If you don't know history, you're destined to repeat it ... so it's always a good inspiration for the kids to know where they came from and the inspiration that they're built on."

Folks say with all the history around them, they're not likely to soon forget it.


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