HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) -- Holly Springs, 30 years ago, was populated by fewer than a t
housand people. Most of them were Black people, the descendants of the formerly enslaved and Blac
k farmers. The town is 43 times larger now. Most of those new residents are White people. Including one who is also a playwright and wanted the history told on stage.
"We moved to Holly Springs and I felt like there was something really special about the place," said Angie Staheli, describing the moment she began digging into Holly Springs history.
Eight years later, Staheli's dig is culminating into early production work for her musical stage play, "Finding Patience - The Musical: The History of Holly Springs."
The original work is the buried chapters of a town that for decades was predominantly African American: townspeople, civic and political leaders, descendants of the formerly enslaved who kept Holly Springs alive after the Civil War.
The musical's central figure is Patience Leslie.