Act Now - Save the Imperial!

Save the Imperial Hotel Initiative


Built in 1949 and operated until 1969 by Harvey and Dorothy Lewis Thompson, the Imperial Hotel was Thomasville's only hotel that would accomodate black travelers prior to desegregated accomodations. The Imperial Hotel was featured in The Green Book, a guide for African-American tourists on hotels, restaurants, and shops that would reliably serve them during the Jim Crow era.


Over the last several decades, the Imperial Hotel has been in a severe state of decline, and the future of this important African-American historic and cultural resource is in peril.

Landmarks has partnered with the Jack Hadley Black History Museum and the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia to save the Imperial Hotel and tell the full and inclusive story of Thomasville's heritage.


Donating is quick and easy, and contributions are fully tax-deductible.