Dr. Kathleen Thompson (left) with Willie Mae Weaver (right) at the opening of a Black history photography exhibit at Pickens High School.

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) Thompson is a published author and retired K-12 art teacher and college professor. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University, a master’s in supervision and a doctorate in art education from the University of Georgia. From 2009-2010, she researched and wrote an article series for the Pickens Progress about Black history in Pickens County. At the same time, she coordinated a photography exhibit, which was curated by Pickens High School students. Thompson continues to research, curate, and write about Northwest Georgia regional and local history.