By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 5, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- The doors to the Jack Hadley Black History Museum stay open year-round.
Founder James Jack Hadley says he's always happy to share his collection, but especially this month.
"It sort of set a chill spell all through my body," says Hadley, recalling a phone call from the City of Thomasville.
Hadley says for the first time ever, the City of Thomasville wants to help collaborate on a month of black history.
"They don't really understand the complex and rare, rich history this city offers," says Jamarcus Underwood, who works at the museum.
He helps educate local youth with tours at the museum.
"He says it made his heart pump hard because he was so excited," says Hadley, describing the recent reaction from a third grade visitor.
Underwood also helps bring in new exhibits to show the community where it all started.
"That happened to Flipper, that happened to Young, and a number of other individuals in this museum, but that didn't deter them from their ultimate goal," says Underwood.
He hopes people find a connection by telling the stories of the men and women that paved the way for a better life.
"We want to be a healing museum," says Hadley. "If there's a sad thing in your community, they can come here and see that there were other people who struggled hard and gave their life to make all this possible."
On Saturday, Feb. 17 starting at 10 a.m., the museum will host their fifth annual Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Festival & Thomasville-Thomas County Public Safety Day.
Hadley says they are also excited to welcome tours to more than 1,300 students from local area schools until March.
For more information, you can visit jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com.