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Travel Guide - Thomasville

Thomasville, Georgia

Lt. Henry O. Flipper
Lt. Henry O. Flipper

In southwest Georgia, less than 20 miles from the Florida border, in the small town of Thomasville, Henry Ossian Flipper was born into slavery on March 21, 1856.

Thomasville, GA is approximately 4 hours south of Atlanta. Take I-75 south for about 2 ½ hours until you reach Route 84 West. Drive 1 ½ hours to Thomasville.

Thomas County Library Flipper Room

201 N. Madison St.

You will find a bronze bust of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper at the Thomas County Public Library. There are a variety of photos and articles about Flipper, as well.

Lt. Flipper Ossian Flipper’s Grave

700 N. Madison St.

Lt. Flipper was reburied in the Old Magnolia Cemetery on February 11, 1978. A Georgia state plaque marks his gravesite.

For additional information about Thomasville, Georgia’s attractions and accommodations contact:

Destination Thomasville Tourism Authority
P.O. Box 1540
Thomasville, GA 31799
(912) 225-5222

Lt. Henry O. Flipper Park

800 N. Broad St.

This park is dedicated in memory of Lt. Flipper.

Festus Flipper’s Home

430 Lester St.

Festus Flipper was Lt. Henry Flipper’s father. He and his family lived in this front gabled craftsman style cottage. Festus was a shoemaker and carriage trimmer; his business was located in the 200 block of South Broad St. The home is now rented out to family members of the Flippers.

Douglas High School

The Jack Hadley Black History Memorabilia, Inc. has artifacts on exhibit in the old Douglas Band Room. Douglas High School is located at 100 Forrest Street.

Contact the school or Jack Hadley at 912-228-6983 or 225-9353. Email: jachadle (at) rose (dot) net

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