Holloway mural

Members of Experience Community painted a mural on the gym wall at Holloway High School. The mural celebrates the school’s history. From left are: guidance counselor Jennifer Courtney; Experience worship pastor Kyle Elkins; church member Adrianna Siple, who created the mural; principal Sumatra Drayton; Experience members Crystal O’Neal and Lauren Bates; and pastor Corey Trimble. JASON M. REYNOLDS

Holloway High School has experienced an artful public outreach effort by the members of Murfreesboro’s Experience Community church in the form of a mural showcasing the school’s history.

The school and church last Wednesday celebrated the completion of a mural that church members painted on the side of the gymnasium, facing a parking lot.

Principal Sumatra Drayton said the mural shows the school’s history — it has a hawk, which is the current mascot, as well as a helmet and a rocket ship. The school’s previous mascots — during the years of segregation – were the Trojans and the Rockets.

Having all three mascot elements ties the school’s history together, Drayton said.

Experience Community pastor Corey Trimble said his congregation has worked with Holloway for about two years. While many schools in the community receive help, Experience’s staff and members wanted to make sure Holloway did not get overlooked.

Church members Crystal O’Neal, Lauren Bates and Adrianna Siple said they created the mural over the course of about eight days. They said that last year they painted murals on the school’s bathroom stalls, but the painting on the gym wall is their first large project outside the church. Siple designed the mural, they said.

Experience worship pastor Kyle Elkins and Holloway guidance counselor Jennifer Courtney were also instrumental in the project, according to Trimble and Drayton.

The Murfreesboro Post ran a story in September 2019 that mentioned some of the history at Holloway.

The African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County on Aug. 24, 2019, dedicated the Holloway High School Historical Marker. At the time, Society President Mary R. Watkins said the marker is located at the current Holloway — the old school building was demolished after it closed in 1968, Watkins said.

Every black high school student from around Rutherford County as well as Woodbury attended the old Holloway during segregation, Watkins said.

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