During the 13-month period from March 2010 - April 2011, Mr. Sartin worked relentlessly and tirelessly to completely set up the site which included furnishing the birth home, schoolhouse, and the Mays Museum.
In addition, he planted the first garden and cotton field as well as planted three oak trees, shrubs around the house and school, and set up the yard with a wash pot and tubs for clean ing clothes. He also built a well from very old lumber and a cedar post clothesline. On April 26, 2011, the Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site was dedicated. A stage and tent were set up in the parking lot and the dedication ceremony drew over 1000 people from across the nation. Television and radio stations descended on the site to record the magnificent event. The Morehouse Glee Club Quartet provided music while the speakers, among others, included Dr. Mays' last niece, Mrs. Bernice Mays Perkins of Cleveland, OH; Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook who eulogized Dr. Mays on Mar 31, 1984; and Keynote Speaker, Ambassador Andrew Young of Atlanta, GA.
After the dedication, Dr. Joseph Patton continued to provide outstanding direction for the Mays Historic Site until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Sartin continued to serve the Site as a volunteer and eventually as a paid director. Up until his retirement in 2017, he conducted hundreds of tours annually and gave an untold number of Mays Site presentations at schools, universities and churches in South Carolina and Georgia. He continues to serve voluntarily giving tours when needed, maintaining the flower beds, and planting/maintaining the annual garden and educational cotton field.