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January 27, 2010

The Jack Hadley Black History Museum

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Produced by: Rob Diaz de Villegas
Original Air Date: January 27, 2010

When I was shooting this, looking through a viewfinder, I found it hard not to bump in to something every now and then (I didn't break anything, by the way). That's a good sign for a museum, to be so stuffed with artifacts. It's phenomenal when you consider that the artifacts (over 2,00 in all) were collected by a man and his family. This is the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia. Jack Hadley himself shows us around. If you're lucky enough to go when he's there, he can give you an hour and a half tour through black history in America and in Thomasville specifically. It's the local stuff that really makes this place.

You'll see the local heroes like Henry Flipper, who was born a slave in Thomasville and went on to be the first black West Point graduate and a Buffalo Soldier. You'll also get some slice of life exhibits that give you a good look at going to high school during segregation, or growing up on a plantation. A lot of this is Hadley's personal history as well, so you get an experience that is from the heart.

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