John Ashworth is a Vietnam veteran with 21 years of active military service followed by 20 years of commercial aviation management. His educational pursuits included studies at Tennessee State University, Columbia College, Missouri; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan; and DeVry Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2007 he returned to his hometown of Brownsville, Tennessee, and pursued with diligence his interest in African American history.
He is the co-founder of the Dunbar Carver Museum in Brownsville, Tennessee; Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Geneva Miller Historical Society; Chairperson of the Elbert Williams Memorial Committee; Executive Director of the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, President of the Board of Directors of Tennesseans for Historical Justice. The advantages of living in a small town allow him to remain civically engaged in the community, he is the Secretary of the Haywood County Election Commission, Historic Zoning Commission, and a member of the Brownsville Regional Planning Commission.
As he describes it, “I don’t sit around well”. He is an avid reader, quasi serious chess player, amateur photographer, loves to travel, but above all his most cherished and important title and occupation is: Co-Director of the Ashworth Center for Exceptional Grandchildren.