The Newberry Foundation was established in 2010. It was then while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Department of State that Julius received a call that his Dad, Julius senior had passed away. He immediately rushed home to assist his mom with laying his Dad to rest. Julius’ mom decided that his Dad’s last resting place would be at Hainesville, Baptist Church, their family’s old cemetery near the town of Hawkinsville. Julius’s family heritage dates back to the early 1800s in this part of middle Georgia.
It was during his Dad’s funeral that he had an epiphany that he needed to establish his own roots in Hawkinsville building on more than 200 years of family history. So he purchased a home in town and established The Newberry Foundation.
The Newberry Foundations is a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation is committed to preserving history, building community and providing education. The Foundation owns several buildings downtown Hawkinsville where it operates The Hawkinsville African American Heritage Center and the Plough and The Pew Reading Room. The Foundation also operates a community Garden in Hawkinsville.
Building on Julius’s international experience and concern, The Foundation has expanded its reach to Dakar Senegal and Kunar Province Afghanistan.