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Reclaiming The African-American Past In Walker County, GA

E.D. Ward and wife, Marion. Ward was the first African American principal in Walker County of an integrated school.
Beverly Foster
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This summer, Walker County, Georgia took a step forward in recognizing part of its own past.

County commissioners unanimously approved the use of the Wardlaw Building in LaFayette as the home of a new African-American Museum and Heritage Center.

 

Once built, the museum and heritage center - along with a memorial park - will share the history of Walker County’s Black residents beyond enslavement.

Beverly Foster - a local historian whose family has been in the area since the 1800’s - chairs the task force for these projects, which will now require fundraising from the community.

Robert Wardlaw is executive director of the Walker County Development Authority - his family donated the building to the county decades ago.

Andy Arnold is the Mayor of LaFayette - and Elizabeth Wells is a consultant with the city.