Thomasville city leaders encourage continual investments in historic sites

Thomasville city leaders encourage continual investments in historic sites

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Several Thomasville city leaders are teaming up to keep history relevant and thriving in their city.

Thomasville city leaders say when they meet with the community to discuss ways to preserve historic structures, the residents become emotional because they say each historic site in Thomasville has such a unique impact on the community.

The latest project that has captured their attention was the Imperial Hotel, which was a safe haven for African-Americans in the mid 1900s.

Anne Mccudden, the Executive Director for the Thomasville History Center said it’s important to get the community’s involvement with these projects.

Anne Mccudden, Executive Director for Thomasville History Center (Source: WALB)
Anne Mccudden, Executive Director for Thomasville History Center (Source: WALB)

“It helps us to continue to preserve the history, and also adds to the economic framework of Thomas County,” said Mccudden.

She told WALB multiple agencies are teaming up next Tuesday to learn and provide more information about the Imperial Hotel.

“See what collections maybe they have so we can add to our research base. And all of us will learn a lot more about the Imperial Hotel which when it’s done will make for a wonderful interpretive experience for Thomasville,” said Mccudden.

Much like the sites on their three-acre lot at the History Center, Mccudden believes once the Imperial Hotel renovations are complete, it’ll provide residents with the unique opportunity to go back in time.

“Go inside them, and look around. See how the buildings were constructed, see how they were used. And, that’s kind of a rare opportunity now a days,” said Mccudden.

Mccudden said the continued investments into these historic sites keep Thomasville rich with history.

Mccudden says continual investments into historic sites in Thomasville keeps the community rich with history (Source: WALB)
Mccudden says continual investments into historic sites in Thomasville keeps the community rich with history (Source: WALB)

She said if you have information about the Imperial Hotel, you’re encouraged to attend their meeting next Tuesday.

She said the event will take place at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.