Museum’s annual meeting on Sunday will be a virtual affair | Lifestyles


The 26th Annual Jack Hadley Black History Museum will be held on Sunday, August 29 at 4 p.m. via ZOOM.

The guest speaker will be Reverend Daniel Simmons, Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Albany. Reverend Simmons will speak on ASALH’s 2021 Black History Month theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity”.

Pastor Simmons began preaching in June 1984. He pastored Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Dawson City and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shingler before accepting the call to service in Mount Zion in 1991.

Under his leadership, the Mount Zion Congregation had a tremendous impact on local, regional and national communities.

Pastor Simmons received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Albany State College (now Albany State University) in 1977, his Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1985, and his Doctorate in Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama in 1991.

Pastor Simmons’ work experience included 17 years as a rehabilitation counselor with the Georgia Department of Rehabilitation Services and as a community development specialist.

Pastor Simmons is involved in many ministerial organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

A native of Cairo, he is the son of Mrs. Pinkie Norwood Simmons and the late Reverend Perry Simmons Sr. He is considered a third generation minister. Pastor Simmons is married to Diane Davis Simmons. He is the father of two children and he has five grandchildren.

Following the presentations, the annual report will begin with a report on the operations and financial situation of the museum in 2020 and other major achievements. Melanie Martin, museum grant consultant / writer for the museum, will provide brief remarks on the museum grants updates from the Institute of Museums and Libraries Services, Washington DC, and Daniel Pittman, museum educator, will discuss how the museum has gone virtual educational offerings due to the COVID-19 shutdown, as well as some of the projects the museum has been working on since its temporary closure on March 12, 2020.

Despite the closure, museum staff have been busy developing new ways of educating, working on digitizing the museum’s collection, creating and updating many of the museum’s exhibits, and working towards our reopening date. On August 3, 2021, the doors to the museums opened to the general public, with COVID security measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and guests.

Jeannie Vicks will discuss the progress and plans of the Perra S. Bell Community Resource Library. Vicks and the library committee have been hard at work creating and brainstorming ways to open the library to the public. Following his report, Walter Leslie will speak about the Ensuring a Legacy BBQ Dinner, and Eugene Wilson will introduce the Museum’s new consultant, Rob Bull.

Bull will briefly discuss the collaboration of the Compass Group and the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and its role in the coming year with the development of the board of directors and the Imperial Hotel Project. To round off the event, Reverend Emory C. Virgil, pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Thomasville, will introduce guest speaker, Reverend Simmons.

To participate in the annual meeting via ZOOM:

Meeting number: 933 849 1871


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