The Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS) recognized its second slate of Eclipse Award winners Saturday evening in a celebration of friends and family at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

With more than 200 in attendance, the society honored two longtime teachers, a Madison County businessman, a community activist, and a couple with a legacy of service and contributions to their community. Strong threads of faith and love of community were common among all six recipients.

“This evening, we come together to celebrate a group of individuals who refused to give up hope,” said the Rev. Darryle Crump, OCAAHS president. “The Orange County African American Historical Society believes in recognizing and supporting those persons and organizations in our community that have enriched the culture and contributed to our well-being.”

This year, those honorees included: Phyllis Highland, Irene Spotswood, George Taylor, Jane Ware, Ruth Mallory Long and George Long.

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