Thomasville’s First Black History Museum is established to educate individuals about the history and culture of African Americans locally and nationally. One African-American historian, James “Jack” Hadley has preserved over 4,669 pieces of African American artifacts with emphasis on Thomasville’s First Black Achievers, states and national achievers that commemorate their lives and accomplishments.

This pictorial Black History Museum you do not want to miss. See collectible African-American artifacts dated back to slavery, the Buffalo Soldiers, exhibits on Lt. Henry O. Flipper, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Blacks in the Military from the Spanish American War to Desert Strom/Iraq War and the African-American Life on the Southern Hunting Plantation, their life, 1993 Heisman Award Winner Charles Ward, Jr., Black Women, Douglass High School historical era and much much more.

These thousands of collectible artifacts, documents, books, prints, posters and photos chronicling Black History can be found on the former campus of Douglass High School in Thomasville, a black school that was segregated from 1902-1970 located in the Dewey City Community. The facility is now owned by the Douglass High School Alumni Association, Inc. Hours of Operation are: Open Tue–Fri from 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Open Sat from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission Charge: Adult $5.00, children to include college students can visit and research for $3.00. Museum is located at: 214 Alexander Street, Thomasville, Georgia, 31792.

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum is owned and operated by: The Jack Hadley Black History Memorabilia, Inc., 214 Alexander Street, Thomasville, Ga. 31792, a non-profit 501 c-3 tax exempt organization that was founded in 1994.

James “Jack” Hadley


Walter Leslie

Vice President

Abigail Carter


Eugene Witherspoon Jr. 


Christine J. Hadley

Richard L. Hadley

Dr. Virgil L. Murray Sr.

Jack R. Hadley Jr.

Lillie H. Witherspoon

Michael Witherspoon Sr.

Leon Smith

Loma Lindsey

Dr. Verna Wiggins

Jacqueline R. Hadley

Dorothy M. Jones

Jeannine B. Vicks

Cathy H. Wilson

Author G. Smith

Kimberly Homer

Charles Baker

Don Sims

Oliver R. Register

Debra Bryant

Martha Reynolds

Stephan Thompson

Tons of Black History as well as family history. Worth visiting, you never know what you may find out about your lineage.

S. Belle

This place was loaded with historical information.....a most see. Plan at least an hour. Then, have lunch or dinner at Sweet and Sassy! Make it a day! Awesome! Enjoy!

C. Amankwaa

Very educational for anyone wanting to know things that happened in black history I truly enjoyed the tour very enlightening for our children today.

M. Davis

It was interesting to be able to walk around and see so many pieces of local as well as national history. As an added bonus I got to talk to Mr. Hadley. He has led a very interesting life, and should probably have a book or two written about himself.

D. Perez

What happens when a son asks his father about finding information about Black History? The father provides a Black Museum...so all people that have a question about Black History can find answers. Thank Mr. Hadley.

U. Hammonds Jr.