THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville is planning its future and wants the community's input.
Those interested are invited to a community meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
The museum's founder James "Jack" Hadley wants to get younger people involved in the museum's future.
"The museum's board is an aging board, so we need to really bring in younger generations to get involved with the museum," Hadley told WALB News 10.
However, Hadley said that getting younger people involves investing some money.
"I have, for the past 32 years, ran this museum with no dollars to my pocket at all, because I give it all back. God blessed me for those 28 years in the Air Force. So we've been meeting with different stakeholders, so we're getting their ideas and what we should do as far as sustainability," Hadley said.
Those with the museum want to know what they can do to better serve the surrounding community.
"We want the community people, the business people, churches, schools, to come out here on Thursday night and hear our presentation and then give us their input," Hadley said.
The museum's founder is considering constructing a small exhibit in downtown Thomasville that would serve as a preview for tourists.
"For them to see that we have a small one, but then come on out here to the campus and see our 5,000 items," Hadley added.
He said that the museum does play a role in the local economy.
"People come to see this museum, but when they leave here they leave a few dollars. But they've gone downtown and spent tons of money with eating and buying clothes," Hadley added.
Hadley said that the overall purpose of the museum is to educate people, especially the younger generations, about Black history.
The meeting will take place at the Perra Bell Library on the campus of the Frederick Douglass Complex. It's located at 214 Alexander St. in Thomasville.