The Jack Hadley Black History Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

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Blue Star Museum Press Release

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

The Blue Star program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013, and this is the third year that the Jack Hadley Black History Museum will exhibit its patriotic pride by offering military families a chance to see how generations of African Americans have served their country with honor and distinction from the American Revolution to war in Afghanistan.

There is a special exhibit of military uniforms from the 20th century, and special exhibits that depict the distinguished careers of Thomasvillians Henry O. Flipper and General Lloyd J. Austin, III. Thomasville’s First Four Star General.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect, and empower military families.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, awarding over four billion dollars to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

The newly catalogued collection of American military uniforms will be on prominent display this summer at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum. Visitors will be able to see how American military uniforms have changed in the last century, from leggings on the World War I uniform to the use of Velcro on modern U.S. uniforms.

Museum registrar Cheryl Walters says “looking at the Buffalo Soldier uniform, it’s easy to imagine how uncomfortable the dark blue wool shirt would be in the desert climate of the American Southwest.

The use of Velcro on the modern uniform makes it easier to attach patches and insignia, a great improvement from the days when each new promotion and change of duty patch was sewn on each uniform by hand.”

For more information on the Jack Black History Museum, its military history programs, and the Blue Star program, contact James “Jack: Hadley at 229-226-5029. You can view a full calendar of Blue Star events at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum’s website,

Jack Hadley Black History Museum is located at 214 Alexander Street in Thomasville and a complete list of participating museums is available at