06/30/10 — Wayne County Museum looking to add to Wall of Fame

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Wayne County Museum looking to add to Wall of Fame

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on June 30, 2010 1:46 PM

The life stories of some of Wayne County's most influential men and women are on display at the Wayne County Museum, and the Wayne County Historical Association is looking to add two more local legends to the Wall of Fame.

The Wall of Fame on the second floor of the museum on William Street features 80 biographies collected from the county's history, sharing stories of doctors, businessmen and many others who shaped the county's development.

The association seeks nominations from the public to decide who will join the existing biographies on the wall. The nominees must meet certain criteria to be considered for inclusion.

The nominee must have made a lasting contribution to the community beyond the reasonable expectations of their professional career. They must have gained prominence or fame at the state, national or international level, such as being elected to a political position or receiving a prestigious military honor.

Nominees should also have achieved a goal not attained before by someone in the community. For example, Wall of Famer Mildred Gaylor was the first woman elected to the city council, and Glenwood Burden, the first African-American to attend Goldsboro High School, also has a place on the wall.

New nominations suggesting people who have not been considered before will be combined with nominations submitted in years past that were not accepted into the Wall of Fame.

Submissions must be received at the Wayne County Museum by Aug. 17. The selection process will take place in September, with a reception following the induction to honor the recipients.

The submission form for nominations will be available at the museum and on the museum's website, www.waynecountyhis toricalnc.org.