Smithfield: Community

Ghost Walk returns Oct. 16

Six personalities from Johnston County’s past will come back to life when the Johnston County Heritage Center stages its annual Ghost Walk Thursday, Oct. 16, in Smithfield’s Riverside Cemetery.

The event begins 7 p.m. beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Second and Church streets. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12. Admission is free for preschool children.

Guided tours will begin five minutes or so on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s “ghosts” include the following:

•  King Tom Blount, Tuscarora chief, portrayed by Jim Ingram of McGee’s Crossroads.

•  Amy Woodard Harper, Civil War heroine, portrayed by Myra Wallace of Smithfield.

•  Ashley W. Smith, prominent African-American businessman, portrayed by Haywood Watson of Kenly.

•  Billy Massengill, progressive farmer, portrayed by Stanton Massengill of Blackman’s Crossroads.

•  Eva Johnson Cooper, longtime principal of Short Journey School, portrayed by Carolyn Ennis of Smithfield;

•  Mina Johnson Higgins, 50-year veteran teacher, portrayed by Mary Nell Ferguson of Smithfield.