Armster family donates $2,000 to Imperial Hotel project

Submitted photoPictured from left to right are: Elaine Armster, Irene Armster, Jack Hadley, and Regina Armster Heyward.

Last weekend, the Charles W. Armster family made a donation of $2,000 to support the efforts of the historic preservation project to save the Imperial Hotel. The restoration project is currently underway with the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and the collaboration of the Thomasville Landmarks, Inc. and several partners to restore this historic landmark featured in The Green Book, a guide for African-American tourists on hotels, restaurants, and shops that would reliably serve them during the Jim Crow era.

“Our family loves Thomasville,” said Elaine Armster. “All of my sisters, Charlene, Monica, and Regina, and I are products of the Thomasville community. We are proud to support the legacy restoration of this historic landmark project.”

Elaine Armster is the chief sustainability officer and Managing Partner of Linkscape360, a connectivity planning firm.   

Jack Hadley, founder and director of the The Jack Hadley Black History Museum, was present to accept the check from the Charles W. Armster Family.

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Armster family for this generous donation,” Hadley said. “Mr. Armster and I were best friends and classmates at Douglass High School, so I am overjoyed to be standing here with his wife and daughters to accept this donation.”

For more information on the Save the Imperial Hotel project, visit: https://www.thomasvillelandmarks.org/save-the-imperial-hotel and www.jackhadleyblackhistorymuseum.com.