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Six extraordinary personalities from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life as the Johnston County Heritage Center stages its annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery on Thursday, October 16.

The event begins 7 pm beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Second and Church Streets. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students (grades K-12), with free admission for pre-school children. There will be no advance ticket sales, and guided tours will be conducted every five minutes or so on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s “ghosts” include:

  • 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. 

For more information, call the Heritage Center at 919-934-2836 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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