John Hillman, Sr. has been standing on my square with me in my endeavors and in my life for more than 46 years. He truly believes as I believe that knowing your history is so significant for becoming a whole individual. From investing in the Museum with his own resources to putting up the gallery walls, John has supported this dream from the beginning and he will continue to actively engage and support, because it is as important to him as it is to me.
Dr. Gladys Gordon and I have been supporting one another throughout the lives of our families and each of our children. She has been an educator in Greene County for over a decade and in the field for more than 42 years. From the beginning Dr. Gordon has supported the establishment of the Museum by offering critical counsel, helping us think through how best to partner with local schools, and sponsoring community events in partnership with the Museum as we developed its vision.
Macky Alston, a descendant of the first president of Mercer University here in Greene County, showed up on my Museum front steps one day and has been a partner in the work of getting the Museum open ever since. Macky believes in the necessity of the whole truth of history being told in Greene County and in the nation, and recognized from the day we met that the Greene County African American Museum was a critical place for truth-telling in love to take place.