For that to happen, the consortium has been asking residents to contribute any pictures, newspaper articles, handouts or other materials relating to local African-American history. The response has been positive so far, Phillips said, but the job is not done yet.
“We’ve gathered a lot of information. We still ask people to come forward (with more information),” he said.
Information about anything that pertains to the Black history of Spalding County — no matter how big or small — is welcome and appreciated by the Griffin Historical Consortium. After all contributions are compiled, future plans include the opening of a Black History Museum, said Phillips.
Although no timetable or location for the museum has yet been identified, it could help with the education of residents on the history of African-Americans in Spalding County.
“There are so many people, especially our young people, that know nothing or very little about the history of Black people in Spalding County that brought us from there to where we are presently,” the consortium stated in a release.
The Griffin Historical Consortium is seeking volunteers who are willing to help with the research and investigation for the collection of information.
Those who are interested should either contact the consortium at 770-227-6592 or join the group at its weekly meeting, which is every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at 119 Central Ave.