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Christy Day celebrated in Cocke County


Pastor Jimmy Morrow explained the history of Morgan Gap and its families as Cary Myers
and Dee Jellicorse flipped through scrapbook pages, which Morrow created, of the mission
and the Morgan Gap area.
Published: 9:18 PM, 07/22/2011 Last updated: 9:18 PM, 07/22/2011

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

DEL RIO-Despite early morning thunderstorms and subsequent hot, humid temperatures, fans and enthusiasts gathered in Del Rio for Christy Day, sponsored by the Cocke County Department of Tourism and ChristyFest.

Popularized by the novel Christy by Catherine Marshall in 1967, Del Rio and Morgan Gap (Chapel Hollow) give a real-life feeling to the story of Marshall's mother, Leonora Whitaker Wood-the real Christy-and her experiences as a teacher at the Ebenezer Mission.

A special feature during the event was the opportunity to learn about the Christy Spirit Project during a presentation at Del Rio Elementary School, Cocke County's oldest existing school that is still in use.

The main objective of the Christy Spirit Project, as Dee Jellicorse of North Carolina, Chair of ChristyFest explained, is to find "worthwhile" ways to carry on the spirit of Christy while especially benefiting the children of the Del Rio community.

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