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Celebrating Courage at London

We will honor the legacy of London Elementary School and its role in our community. We will also honor John L. Hairston, the school principal, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year if he were still with us. 

The Celebrating Courage Weekend includes a series of community activities that are free and open to the public on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th in both the Walnut Cove and Pine Hall Communities. Saturday afternoon will include storytelling workshops, followed by a fish fry, the  “Celebrating Courage” documentary film premiere and a community sing-a-long. Sunday will include a church service focused on John L. Hairston, a free community luncheon, followed by a second screening of the original documentary film “Celebrating Courage.”

The event is in collaboration with the Stokes County Historical Society, the Stokes County Arts Council, Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup, and Appalachian Voices.



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Overview of Weekend Celebration

Saturday, August 11th, 2018  

2-4 PM: Holy Spirit Story and Song Workshop
Led by Marie Garlock and Tracey Edwards
Accompanying Music led by Meghann Evans
London Elementary School
609 School St, Walnut Cove, NC

5:30 - 8 PM: Fish Fry Fundraiser, Documentary Film Premiere, and Gospel Sing-A-Long
Music provided by Pine Hall Missionary Baptist Church and the John L. Hairston family
Fish Fry Donations will go towards additional programming and park development sponsored by The Lilies Project
Pine Hall Community Campus
3853 US 311, Pine Hall, NC

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

All Events: Rising Star Baptist Church
915 Windmill St, Walnut Cove, NC

11 AM: Church Service led by Rev. Gregory Hairston
1 PM: Free Community Luncheon
2-4 PM: "Celebrating Courage" Documentary Film Premiere - Second Screening

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Hotel Information

Double Tree Hotel
5790 University Parkway,
Winston Salem, North Carolina, 27105

Airport Marriott- Greensboro
One Marriott Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina 27409

Book your group rate for Celebration of John L. Hairston Room Block

Celebration of John L. Hairston Room Block

  • Start date: 8/10/18

  • End date: 8/12/18

  • Last day to book: 8/3/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: 

  • Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport for 135 USD per night

  • includes internet

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Later Event: September 8
The Lilies Project at The Stokes Stomp