Marion Thomas was born on December 21, 1931, in Marietta, GA. He graduated from Perkinson High School (eventually renamed Lemon Street High School) in 1948. He enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1949. Many times during his military service, Thomas was assigned to sensitive positions requiring access to Classified Defense information. While continuing to serve in the USAF, Thomas furthered his education at Midway Television Institute of Georgia on Auburn Avenue from 1953 until 1956 and later attended Marietta-Cobb Area Vocational Technical School (now known as Chattahoochee Technical College) from 1970-1979. Thomas retired after thirty-five years of federal and military service, during which he earned the title of Chief Master Sergeant and received numerous awards and recognitions for his exemplary work. Thomas was the first African American to serve on the Board of the Marietta Housing Authority and held this position for eight years. Thomas was long-time member of Cole Street Missionary Baptist Church in Marietta where he served as a member of the Deacon Board and as treasurer. The Marion Thomas Collection consists of materials related to his employment at Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia; his appointment in 1971 as the first African-American to serve in the Marietta Housing Authority; and personal items. Materials include letters, photographic prints, certificates, newspaper clippings, newsletters, books, and other items.

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  • Marion Thomas High School Diploma 

    Perkinson Industrial High School (Perkinson High School, 1948-05-28)
    This item is the 1948 high school diploma for "Johnny" Marion Thomas.