The Holly Springs Black History Tour received top national recognition from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association.
The mobile, interactive tour gives users a glimpse into the rich history of Holly Springs, allowing people to use their phones to navigate as they walk downtown while viewing historical photos and hearing residents’ recollections. The tour can also be viewed on a desktop computer. View the tour online by visiting our website.
“This project is so impressive,” wrote one of the judges. “You have done your community a great service, bridging the past with the present in such an engaging and effective way. I appreciate how many people worked together to achieve this success, from staff to community members. Amazing work!”
In addition to historic photos, tour visitors can listen to recently recorded recollections from Ann Hunt Smith, Brenda Utley, David Prince, George Kimble, and Victoria Judd. The voice of former mayor and Town Board of Commissioner Parrish Womble during his final council meeting with Town also is included as part of the tour. Additional information for the tour was contributed by the Beckwith family, Debbie Mann, and Angie Staheli. Many thanks to all the community members who shared memories, photographs, and information for the tour!
The first-place Savvy Award was received by the Communications & Marketing team that worked in conjunction with Holly Springs Information Technology to produce the digital tool. The team also received a second-place Silver Circle award for its video about how Holly Springs became a global biotech hub. Of nearly 650 national entries, North Carolina jurisdictions brought home 12 awards total from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association conference. Holly Springs won two of those awards.