Society needs pictures of Mount Holly past

by Sarah Melton

MOUNT HOLLY – Do you have old photographs of Mount Holly, but don’t know what to do with them? Jim Love, Lee Beatty and Charles Rhyne want to put them to good use by telling the city’s history through pictures.

Love, Beatty and Rhyne are compiling photos for a book, “Images of America: Mount Holly, North Carolina.” The book will mainly be composed of old photographs used to explain the history of the town, from old school buildings and high school marching bands to prominent city figures and industrial plants that helped launch the city’s future.

But to tell that history, the three men need all those pictures that have been hiding in family photo albums or relegated to dusty boxes in the attic.

“We are trying to get significant historic pictures, and of course, the older the better,” Love said. “We have several photos of businessmen, and we’ve recently acquired some photos of significant women, along with their obituaries. We hope to reach the African-American community and try to include pictures of their history.”

The Mount Holly Historical Society and Allen Millican are both donating images to the book. Richard Rankin and his wife, Sarah, are also offering their assistance with the project. However, Love said more photos are needed, and some photos that have been collected need further identification.

Arcadia Publishing, a local history publisher in the United States, is publishing the book. The company has published other pictorial histories of the area including “Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Police,” “Firefighting in Charlotte,” and “Charlotte: Its historic neighborhoods.”

Love said the authors, who all have family ties to Mount Holly, hope to have it published by next summer.

Proceeds from the book will benefit the city’s historical society, a new organization that formed this spring and will care for the city’s archives.

“We are going to donate our royalties of book sales to the society so they can have funds to be able to manage the archives collection of the city,” Love said.

To submit an original photo for the book, call Cindy Michael with the Mount Holly Historical Society at 704-827-2697. The society is specifically looking for a photo of the Woodlawn House once owned by Capt. Robert Alexander.

Photos should be turned in by mid-December. Submissions are not guaranteed to be in the book.

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