Past and current residents and supporters of the Avon community attended Avon Community Heritage Day on August 19 at Gastonia Farmers Market.
The Market, 410 Long Ave., is the former site of historic Love Park that once served the community of Avon and Gastonia.
Evangelist Vicky Meeks Clinton presided over the opening ceremony which included guest registry hostess Mary Graham; Mike Meeks Sr. photographer; invocation and prayer of unity by Deacon James Williams; welcome, purpose and presentation of guests by Evangelist Clinton; Sacred Scripture by Deaconess Veria Campbell Williams, Community Unity Candle lighting by Ruby Fewell and Darrell Sanders, and United Memorial Candle lighting by Timothy and Develyn Barnett.
Evangelist Clinton introduced guest speaker, North Carolina State Senator Kathy Harrington, who was first elected to represent Gaston County in 2011. Harrington visited the Avon community with the Evangelist Clinton.
“I endorse the Avon Community Revitalization Project and offer my full support for the vision of my friend Evangelist Clinton as she will accomplish the mission,” said Harrington.
Evangelist Clinton also featured a community supporter, District Court Judge Craig Collins, appointed after the death of Judge Ralph Gingles. He visited the Avon community with Evangelist Clinton.
“I met my friend Evangelist Clinton many years ago at a Myrtle community and police forum she hosted,” Collins said. “She is the driving force that has helped transform the Myrtle School Road community and with her relentless spirit, she will do the same for the Avon community.
In closing remarks Evangelist Clinton said, “Through a partnership with the Town of Gastonia and through the efforts of Gastonia City Councilor Dave Kirlin who represents Ward 2 which encompasses the Avon community, residents past and present. , supporters, businesses, organizations, agencies, and landowners, a transformation has begun. The Avon community, nestled off Long Avenue, is an asset to Gastonia’s image.