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August 26, 2011

Thomas County black history book gains new life

THOMASVILLE — “The History of the Black Community of Thomas County from 1827 to 1909,” by Harold Henry Spangle Jr., first published in 1994, has just been reissued in paperback form by the Thomas University Press. This book explores the early history of African-American life in southwest Georgia, and provides a concise and compelling historical narrative of a forgotten time.

The reissue of the late Spangle’s book will ensure it will be read by a new and wider audience. This project was spearheaded by James “Jack” Hadley, president and curator of Thomasville’s Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and Dr. Gary Bonvillian, president of Thomas University. TU librarian Amber Brock directed the project.

Spangle, a researcher and author, was born 1950 in Thomasville and graduated from Thomasville High School in 1968. He had a master’s degree from Valdosta State University and a deep interest in early American history and African-American diaspora in south Georgia.

Copies of “The History of the Black Community of Thomas County” will be donated to the Thomas County Public Library, Thomasville Genealogical History & Fine Arts Library, Thomasville High School Library, Thomas County Central High School Library, Thomas County Central Middle School Library, MacIntyre Park Middle School Library and the Brookwood School Library. Copies are also available for sale at the Jack Hadley Black History Museum for $17.95, with proceeds going to help with the museum’s operating costs.

Read the complete story in Saturday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.

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