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Thomasville celebrates Black History Month

February 9, 2007

Thomasville--  Vendors are already starting to arrive at the old Douglass High School Grounds. The excitement level is at an all time high at Jack Hadley's museum.

He's been waiting for this day for a long time.   "It was a vision that we talked about even before we opened the museum up," said Jack Hadley, the museum's owner & curator.

What the museum is doing in this area is groundbreaking.  "This is the first annual black heritage festival here in Thomasville, in Southwest Georgia," Hadley said. 

"As far as the Georgia side, this area we have nothing so for black history month you know were gonna create a festival you know to bring cultural awareness," said Michael Witherspoon, the festival's talent coordinator.

Activities will carry on all weekend, starting with preliminary rounds of a talent show Friday night.  The finals of "Thomasville Idol" will be held Saturday night, complete with a celebrity judge. Former child star Emmanuel Lewis will attend the festivities.

"Now he's more into the talent side of his career to help bring up the youth, to educate them, to create leaders, our future leaders," said Witherspoon. 

Jack Hadley says a major goal of the festival, and his museum, is making sure the next generation doesn't forget their history. 

Besides being educational there will be plenty of fun for the kids at the festival.  "We're gonna have the bounce machine, were gonna have the rides for the kids, its like a little mini-carnival," said Witherspoon.

"We want people to be able to come here and to fellowship and just to have another activity in the community that can bring people together," Hadley said.

He hopes if this year is a success, the festival will become an annual tradition, to carry on far into the future.

The festival kicks off Friday night at 6 and runs through Sunday afternoon when you can enjoy a gospel fest at the old Douglass Highschool grounds.

 

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