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Enlightening Bites presents Save the Imperial Hotel

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February

07

12 - 1pm

Bring your lunch and enjoy this stimulating series of lectures on subjects of interest in our community. "Saving the Imperial Hotel”, because if its historical significance. During the Jim Crow era, the Imperial was the only hotel in Thomasville to serve black clientele and is one of the rare few in the region still standing today. Built by local black masons, the Lewis brother in 1949, the Imperial was owned and operated by Harvey and Dorothy Lewis Thompson until 1969. The Imperial featured a restaurant and barbershop on the first floor and eight guest rooms and one bath and wash room on the second floor. The Imperial’s famous guests included “Alto Sax King” Earl Bostic, B.B. King, the King Perry Band, the five Blind Boys of Mississippi Bells of Joy, Rosetta Thorpe and Marie Knight. It was listed in the Green Book, a road map book that identified Black owned hotels, where traveling African American families and Black entertainers could stop and find accommodations on a long trip through the south Founder/President/Curator of the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, Jack Hadley is a pillar in the community in getting the message to both young and old that Black Americans have done great things to help build and shape America. He feels that all, regardless of race, need to know all the accomplishments of Black men and women in American history. Complimentary refreshments and drinks will be offered, but you are encouraged to bring and enjoy your lunch.

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