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Fight for racial equality in Thomasville honored

June 16, 2006

Thomasville-  Six Thomas County African-Americans who helped Thomas County achieve racial equality will be honored this weekend. 

In 1975, the NAACP and those six citizens, Elijah Hill Junior, Clarice Hobbs, Curtis Thomas, William Morris, Reverend I.L. Mullins, and Helen Clark filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare Thomas County's at-large election system illegal. In 1983, the courts agreed. Now they're being honored. 

"As a result of that we do have three black county commissioners on the seat today as well as other positions in the city and the county," said Jack Hadley, Historian. 

The bronze, 169 pound, plaque will be placed on the first floor of the Thomas County Courthouse. The ceremony to dedicate the plaque will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the Thomas County Courthouse.