On Thursday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., Bartow History Museum welcomes guest speaker Ahmed Hall. In recognition of African American History month, Hall will discuss the life of his great, great grandfather, William Arthur Butler. Butler moved to Adairsville, Georgia during Reconstruction in the late 1800s and became one of the first black business owners in the area.
Butler was a shoe maker and owned a shoe shop on the Adairsville square. He also married into the Harris family, who themselves were prominent in the area, with members serving as the first black doctor in the area and helping to build the Noble Hill School.
Born and raised in Adairsville, Mr. Hall has been researching the history of his family and their place in Bartow County history for much of his life. In addition to researching his family history, Hall is an accomplished musician and has worked with Grammy award winning artists. Throughout his research, he continues to be amazed at the things he learns about them and the roles they played in the county’s history. He will tell about his great, great grandfather’s story, as well as, the stories of other family members.
The Evening Lecture will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. Parking is available next to the building. The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6286 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org