As Volunteer Director of the Museum for 21 years, Mrs. Melton oversaw the day to day workings and events at the Museum, including volunteer activities, open houses, displays, tours, and maintenance.
The Museum, located in the historic Murphy–Collins House on Bryant Drive, is a property of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. It houses historic documents and memorabilia from the early 1900s as well as several African artifacts. The House itself was constructed in the 1920s by one of Tuscaloosa's first successful black businessmen Mr. Will Murphy.
"I have truly enjoyed being part of the Museum. Among the many visitors and tour groups we have each year I particularly loved seeing the school groups," Melton said.
"Emma Jean will be missed. She provided a dedicated, steady leadership to the Museum for a long time and all with great grace. We will miss her and hope she enjoys her next journey," said Ian Crawford, Director of the Preservation Society.
Attendees at the University Club luncheon honoring Mrs. Melton were family, friends, and Preservation Society Board members and volunteers.