• Charlie Hawkins, known locally as “Uncle Charlie,” was a well-known and popular musician in Tomasville. Hawkins was one of the very few free black men in Tomas County prior to the end of the Civil War.
• Rev. Jacob Wade was the leader of the first free African Baptist Church in Tomasville aſter the abolition of slavery. During Reconstruction, Wade worked to organize recently freed slaves politically. Wade also worked with establishment leaders to help integrate freed men into society during this time.
Martha Adams Remington Davies Bower
• Ezekiel Hambleton was a leader of the few black Republicans that struggled to keep their wing of the Republican Party together. In March of 1892, Hambleton was among the leaders that were in charge of selecting delegates for a presidential candidate for the Republican Convention.
In 1880, Hambleton led the Union Blues, an all black military company, in a parade down Broad Street to celebrate freedom from slavery. Te parade ended on the steps of the courthouse, where the Emancipation Proclamation was read.
The Old Cemetery
• Edward Remington was part of a large group that moved to Tomasville from Rhode Island. He was a Superior Court Judge, the first Mayor of the City of Tomasville and the namesake of Remington Avenue. He was also one of the first vendors of dry goods in Tomasville.
Simeon Alexander Smith
• Martha Adams Remington Davies Bower is said to be the first child of European descent to have been born in Tomasville. Bower managed the Piney Woods Hotel during Tomasville’s Resort Era. Tis was unusual during a time period when female participation, especially in a management capacity was very rare. Due to the restrictive property laws of the period in regards to female property owners, most of her property was in her son’s name.
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