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SWGTC Features Black History Exhibit by Hadley Museum 

Figure 1: SWGTC student Alexius O'Neal observes the Black History Exhibit currently on display at Southwest Georgia Technical College.

In honor of Black History Month, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is featuring a Black History Exhibit on their main campus beginning February 17th. The College has partnered with the Jack Hadley Black History Museum to showcase important pieces of national, regional, and local history.

“The Jack Hadley Black History Museum of Thomasville is excited to partner with Southwest Georgia Technical College. We will display pieces of the museum’s traveling exhibit on the campus for the students, college staff, and community to see. The displays will depict the historical accomplishments of African Americans who helped shape and build these United States of America. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has selected the 2014 Black History Month Theme: ‘Civil Rights in America,’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” commented museum owner Jack Hadley.  

Black History Month, first celebrated as Black History Week, began in the United States in 1926. The week was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, along with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, to encourage teaching of American Black history in the nation’s public schools. Black History Week was recognized the second week in February to honor the birthday of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. In 1969, leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University recommended that the annual week-long celebration be extended. Fifty years after Black History week began, the expansion into Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. Government.

“Each February, our College gives special recognition in honor of Black History Month.  This year, members of our Student Council took an active role in planning special activities representing historical accomplishments.  We are very proud to host an exhibit provided by Mr. Jack Hadley, owner of The Jack Hadley Black History Museum.  We really appreciate Mr. Hadley’s partnering with SWGTC and hope that not only our faculty, staff, and students will come by to see the exhibit but members of the community as well” commented Joyce Halstead, SWGTC Vice President for Student Affairs.

Posters and prints highlighting state and national achievers, specifically from the Civil Rights Era, are currently on display at the SWGTC main campus. The exhibit is located in the upper atrium of Building A. Students and community members are encouraged to attend the free exhibit Monday, February 17th through Thursday, February 20th.

To see all the great accomplishments and achievements of African Americans, visit the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, located at 214 Alexander Street, Thomasville, Georgia. The museum is located in the Historic Dewey City District on the Douglass High School Alumni Complex. For more information please visit www.jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2014 begins May 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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