Thomasville nonprofits join forces for project chronicling impacts of COVID-19

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 20:15:36-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — The Rebound is focusing on the people in our community stepping up to help one another during the pandemic.

In south Georgia, non-profits are joining together for a project that reflects life during COVID-19 so we can remember, rebound, and heal together.

"Never forget what happened," said Trent Reynolds, the system director at Thomas County Public Library.

Five Thomas County non-profits are making sure no one forgets the lives changed and lost during the pandemic.

"How are Thomas County-ans reacting to it, how are they dealing with it, how are businesses dealing with it?" said Anne McCudden, the executive director at Thomasville History Center.

The Thomas County Chronicles COVID-19 Project is collecting donations from the community, businesses and schools that show how they're adapting and changing because of COVID-19.

"There will be everything from written documents, to photographs, to artistic works," McCudden said.

"If we can encourage people to tell their story, that's the goal we are aiming for," said Katie Chastain, the director of Education & Engagement at Thomasville Center for the Arts.

A local teacher is contributing her and her student's diaries and artwork to the project.

"I'm interested in seeing the teacher's perspective, the students perspective and seeing how she's been adapting and navigating this new territory," said JaMarckus Underwood, the museum educator at The Jack Hadley Black History Museum.

The chronicles of a county, its community and collective memory will provide an opportunity to give pause, reflect and rebound.

"Events will come to a close," Underwood said. "But we cannot forget this happened, and how do we continue to progress and move forward?"

The five non-profits participating are The Jack Hadley Black History Museum, Pebble Hill Plantation and Museum, Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomas County Public Library, and Thomasville History Center.

Items can be submitted digitally at or in person at any of the non-profits.