THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - There is a saying that goes, "You can't know where you're going unless you know where you came from."
One place in Thomasville that lives by that motto is the Jack Hadley Black History Museum.
The museum honors hundreds of Thomasville natives, like the first black doctor, pilot and principal.
As people celebrate the Rose Show Festival, the museum is recognizing Thomasville's first black mayor who recently died.
"I watch the people and they come through here, they look on the walls of this museum, a lot of kids see their grandparents on the walls and never knew that their parents had done something famous to be able to be highlighted in here. It's just important because our history has not been truly told yet," explained Founder Jack Hadley.
The museum holds over 4,700 pieces of African American artifacts.
Hadley has also purchased the first black hotel in Thomasville and will be working with the city to restore and preserve it.