THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — The National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks and American History’s Grant awarded Thomasville History Center, paying for two, week-long workshops for 36 schoolteachers from across the county and a $1300 stipend for each teacher to cover expenses.
The K-12 educators will learn about the history of reconstruction through civil rights in Thomas County. That is the period following the Civil War desegregating Southern States from Confederacy including newly free slaves.
The workshop will visit Pebble Hill Plantation, Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and Tall Timbers. The program will also include a panel of scholars from FSU, Auburn University, and the University of North Carolina.
Thomasville History Center's Executive Director Anne McCudden feels this is important because people will not only be educated on the subject matter, but they will be in the actual place things happened.
“It’s a real community wide effort. We’re going to go to all these places and we’re not just going to visit for an hour but we’re going to engage with the staff and the people that work at those institutions," said McCudden. "This is going to be a showcase for Southwest Georgia and Thomas County as a whole."
Teachers from private schools, homeschool parents, librarians, and school administration are eligible for the program and can apply on the Thomasville History Center Website.
The application process will begin next month and end March 22.