The Quest for Freedom




Thomasville, GA


July 9-15, 2023; July 23-29 2023


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



The Quest for Freedom, is a week-long place-based learning experience that will take place in Thomasville, Georgia. It will examine the African American history during the long civil rights movement. Black and white lives intertwined at places like Pebble Hill, Tall Timbers, and other hunting plantations founded by Northern elites. Here we will tell the story of the African Americans creating churches, schools, and organizations to sustain their community in the face of widespread discrimination. When visiting African American churches, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, and the “Bottom” business district we will tell a compelling story of resilience in face of disenfranchisement and Jim Crow segregation.

Project Director(s)

Kurt Piehler; Gregory Mixon

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Maxine Jones; Julia Brock; Kevin McGorty; Wesley Singletary; Jennifer Brooks; Le'Trice Donaldson; Jack Hadley

Grantee Institution

Thomasville History Center

Funded through the Division of Education Programs