Jack Hadley, of The Jack Hadley Black History Museum, along with Daniel Pittman who is moving into the position of Executive Director, and Sarah Byrne, Museum Educator, recently spoke to fifth-grade Upsilon Company students about early African American achievers from Thomasville. Mr. Hadley also shared various events that occurred throughout his life.
Hadley shared with students that he began collecting memorabilia in 1979, and that the museum opened in 1995. Hadley shared a presentation with students and brought many photographs and artifacts to share about events that occurred throughout his life. Hadley stated that his most proud moment was when he was privileged to take an Honor Flight from Tallahassee to Washington D.C. as a veteran, and visit our nation’s memorials.
Pittman shared information about The Imperial Hotel and the fact that the hotel was the only hotel in The Green Book, along with plans for using the property to expand the museum. He also spoke about three Tuskeegee Airmen from Thomasville, and showed students a helmet worn by Tuskegee Airmen, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Perry.
When asked what words of wisdom he would leave with the students, Hadley stated, “treat each other with respect, no matter their color. Respect and honor your teachers and study hard. Love each other and love God.”