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Museum honors patrons with naming


Sharon and Stephen Ginn talk to Kathleen Stroud, from left, June 8 following the unveiling of the Sharon G. and A. Stephen Ginn Exhibit Hall at the Greene County Muesum.


By Dean-Paul Stephens
The Standard Laconic

Monday, June 19, 2017

SNOW HILL — Greene County is bidding farewell to a Snow Hill couple that has been instrumental in the success of the Greene County Museum.

Stephen and Sharon Ginn retired to Greene County 19 years ago and immersed themselves in the local arts and historical communities, friends said, including helping to establish a new home for the museum. They are moving now to be closer to family.

To honor their efforts, museum officials named its exhibition room for the couple during a reception on June 8.

“As an everlasting tribute to this couple, we would like to name this exhibit hall the Sharon H. and A. Steven Ginn Exhibit Hall,” said museum board member Mary Betty-Kearney at Thursday’s unveiling.

The museum board wanted to honor the Ginns for their work at the museum and their presence in the community.

“They returned to Greene County in 1998. They have dedicated 14 years ... to the Greene County Arts and Historical Society. They have contributed to this museum, not only with their time and efforts and energies, but also with their dollars,” Betty-Kearney said. “It's very sad to me that they are leaving our community.”

The Ginns are genuinely good people, she added.

“They share no prejudice,” she said, as she described the couple’s activism that includes sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. “I think their works are exemplary of their hearts.

“The Ginns have truly cherished their time spent in Greene County. The couple retired here and quickly got involved in Snow Hill's historic preservation initiative as well as the opening of the museum.”

“I understand this is a two-way street. I'm glad we have been able to participate in this community, but we have also benefited,” Sharon said. “We have had a wonderful retirement — 19 years here in Snow Hill.”

The couple was emotional and humbled by the naming of the exhibit hall in their honor.

“You have really, really taken us by complete surprise,” Sharon said as the room was unveiled. “We are so grateful to all of you in Snow Hill and Greene County who allowed us to move in. We are very, very honored and very, very humbled by this.”

Stephen added, “I don't know what to say except thank you. We've enjoyed our 19 years. It's bittersweet to leave. We did feel like it is the time, at our age … that we do need to be closer to family. We look forward to a new adventure. It was a new adventure when we moved here, it will be a new adventure when we move to a new place. For this unexpected honor, thank you very much.”

The Standard Laconic is based in Snow Hill and serves all of Greene County.