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History for Hope?

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

December 10, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Businesses are failing. People are losing their jobs, and many people feel like they have no where to turn.

The founder of Thomasville's Black History Museum says people should turn to the past for hope.

He says even though his business is dropping fast,  hope and faith in the future keep him going.

Two years ago the walls of Jack Hadley's Black History Museum began telling the story of Black Americans from pre slavery to the present.

Now, more than 2000 artifacts are ready to talk, but no one's around to listen.

"This past month I think I saw about 10 or 15 people come to the museum. We were seeing about two or three hundred people when we first started out, so it's really dropped off," says Jack Hadley, owner and founder of the Jack Hadley Black History Museum.

Hadley blames the economy for the lack of visitors. But encourages the struggling community to travel back in time.

"A museum provides you the historical perspective of how people accomplish things from nothing to what they are today. Museums provide hope," he says.

Hadley said he understands times are tough. With donations down he can barely afford to pay his two person staff. But he keeps on going:

"If these people made it with less than we have today, then we should be able to make it from this point on," he says.

....Because he believes in his roots....and has hope in the future.

Jack Hadley reduced his rates this morning for the holidays. It's only four dollars per adult and two dollars per student. Feedback

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