Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ford Motor Company had a unique and rich history with Americans of African descent. Forty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and eleven years after the Company’s inception the First African-American worker, Mr. William Perry was hired.

In June 2003, Jacquelyn Hayes and a team of committed Ford Motor Company volunteers championed and developed and hosted a retrospective Exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to honor this legacy.  Ford Motor Company’s role in providing employment for African Americans facilitated the growth of the black middle class.

Mr. Bill Flournoy was recognized for 50 years of loyal service to Ford Motor Company by senior company executives at the grand opening gala of this event.




The late Dr. John Hope Franklin, noted historian of African American history, recognized Jacquelyn Hayes for her dedicated work and commitment to preserving African American History.

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