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Black history museum offers free admission to military families

Jack Hadley Black History Museum offers free admission to military personnel and their families. Jack Hadley Black History Museum offers free admission to military personnel and their families.
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Cheryl Walters Cheryl Walters
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  A Black History museum in South Georgia is now offering free admission to military personnel and their families.

Everywhere you look, you see a glimpse into the past and pieces of history that made Thomasville what it is today. 

Founder of Jack Hadley Black History Museum Jack Hadley said, “I see kids walk inside the doors, come in the gallery, and they say, 'Wow!'  That really makes me feel good.”

The entire Jack Hadley Black History Museum began with four collage boards that were put together by Hadley after his son Jim said he wished more time was dedicated to learning about Black History in school.

“It's for the young people.  It's a museum that you can walk in and you can see the accomplishment of Black America, locally as well as state and nationally,” said Hadley. 

What's more, the museum, which is housed in Thomasville's first black public high school, is among the 2,000 museums in the Blue Star program.

The program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

Museum Registrar Cheryl Walters said, “It's an opportunity for military and their families who, especially, are at a new duty station to see what the community is like.”

Hadley, a veteran himself, said he hopes more families at nearby military bases will take advantage of this opportunity. 

“Just seeing it means so much more than reading it from a book,” said Walters. 

The museum gives kids a chance to look into the past, while providing them with the hope for a better future.  

To learn more about the museum, visit http://jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com/ . 

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