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The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to assist with the development of new cultural and heritage tourism in Wilson County by building on the substantial investment already made by Wilson in the Boykin Cultural Center with the Theater of the American South. The Center will host a four-week event beginning in mid-May that presents two full-cast Southern plays and one small-cast Southern storytelling production. The result of this project will be an important boost to the economy of Wilson County through a new cultural initiative that draws on the region’s history as a center of the bright leaf tobacco industry, its strategic location along major transportation corridors, and its existing tourist attractions such as antique furniture and barbeque.