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Teen creates film about area church


    GRAHAM — “A Compass Always Points North,” a history of Hawfields Presbyterian Church, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Graham Cinema, 119 N. Main St.
Tolar Ray, a rising senior at Eastern Alamance High School, interviewed congregation and community members throughout the last year. The hourlong film was shot at three locations that the church has been previously located.
“I started about a year ago trying to get it proposed, but it was difficult to get approved as the normal Eagle Projects are construction projects and tangible,” Ray said. “After it got approved, I interviewed congregation members and Dr. Bill Vincent, the historian at the Alamance County Historical Museum. They gave me a great ground to start on.”
Ray shot 12 hours of footage, which took multiple weeks to edit.
“I’d say that the coolest thing about the project is having a modernized local history again,” Ray said. “The last time that the Hawfields Church history was modernized was in the 1960s when ‘Church of the Old Fields’ was published. Robert Scott, a former N.C. governor, was working on the sequel to that book but passed away writing it, unfortunately. It’s not like you can obtain this information from history textbooks in school, and some information our local libraries don’t possess.”

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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