On Sunday February 27, 2011, Jeff Williams was one of six to be inducted into "Walk of Fame," in front of the Historic Rylander Theatre. Some of Jeff's many works now hang in the entrance lobby of the Rylander. Built in 1921 and completely renovated in 1997, The Rylander Theatre is an historic landmark in Downtown Americus. The Walk of Fame recognizes citizens, past and present, who have made a significant contribution to the City of Americus and Sumter County in the State of Georgia, USA.
The sidewalk in front of the theatre is laden with bronze plaques bearing the name of the Honoree, accompanied by their hand prints and signature in concrete, which becomes a permanent part of the sidewalk. Perhaps the most recognizable name on The Walk of Fame, is former Georgia State Governor, Former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Jimmy Carter, Jr. Also well known names are Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Charles Frederick Crisp, Georgia Supreme Court Justice and Philanthropist Thomas O. Marshall Jr., Civil Rights Leader Reverend Joseph R. Campbell and Olympic Gold Medalist Angel Myers-Martino.
Williams says, "In 2007, when I was invited to exhibit my art in The Louvre in Paris, I couldn't imagine a greater honor. Two years later I was selected to be The Official Artist of the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Again, I couldn't imagine anything topping that. However, being recognized and honored by my Hometown of Americus, Georgia, has touched me far more!"