For nearly 30 years Jack Hadley has been saving and collecting to create a black history museum for the city of Thomasville.
Hadley said, "It's here. It's up to the public to come and witness what they've always needed in a community."
Now his dream is here, a dream that parallels that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that a place like this would be welcomed in all communities.
Thomasville resident Debra Woosen said, "We can celebrate Martin Luther King Day and go back and look at some of our other ancestors and some of the people in our community who have made an affect on our life today."
Pamela Webster is moving to Thomasville and said, "I think going to the black history museum would enhance my information and knowledge of the area."
Residents we spoke with say they're delighted a museum with such history has made its way to Thomasville, and say not having to travel far to experience such history is even better.
Thomasville resident Chelsey Rich shared, "Albany is a real big place for black history, and it's good that our residents here don't have to travel to Albany on a day like this; they can come to Thomasville and learn just as much."
Annie Mickens also lives in Thomasville, and she said, "Usually you're going somewhere like Atlanta, Savannah, but to have something in the home town makes you feel better because it makes you feel like we're actually a part of it now."
It’s a part of something making a difference in the city of Thomasville.
For more information on the black history museum and what it has to offer, call 229-226-5029.