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Holloway’s Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC

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Holloway's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC, 2000 by Dean Jeffrey

One of the reasons I love Flickr:

In 2000 I shot a roll of slide film while driving around Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, and Wilson, NC. I did a lousy (i.e., zero) job of labeling the slides, and years later, when I scanned them and put them up on Flickr, I didn’t really know which slides came from which town. I tagged this shot of Holloway’s Barbecue as Goldsboro but wasn’t ever really sure that that’s where it was from. To compound things, I couldn’t find any info anywhere online about Holloway’s Barbecue. None. Nothing.

About a year later, Flickr member BODYMAN505 posted a comment that said: “The best barbecue in town. And that skillet cooked cornbread! Wow!”

Whoah! Someone who’d been there! I immediately sent him a message, saying “Hey, thanks for the comment! I was beginning to doubt that I even took this picture in Goldsboro, because I’ve never been able to find this place again. I assume it’s been torn down. Can you tell me anything else about Holloway’s? Would really appreciate any info.”

He replied with “The Holloway BBQ building is still there. It looks like it’s been renovated and used as a church or meeting place. It has no signage. It is located on West Pine Street just off N. George St. It’s about 1/2 block east of the old Guy Parker BBQ building, which is at the corner of George and Pine Streets. I used Google Maps street view.”

In 2000, the building looked like this:

Holloway's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC

I punched up the address on Google Maps, and sure enough, it was the same place:

Not too long after that, I got a Flickr message from Holly Harper at the Goldsboro Development Corporation, asking if she could print my image of the Holloway’s Barbecue sign for the granddaughter of John Holloway, the late owner. She added that “We plan to place a historical marker on the building to commemorate the BBQ’s existence there (and we would love to find the sign!!!).”

I (of course) told her to go ahead and make the print, and asked her if she could tell me any more about the place. She replied, “I know it opened in the 1920s or 1930s and closed in 1981, a few years after Mr. Holloway, Sr. died (1977). I will keep you on my list if we end up getting an article pulled together about Holloway (& Sons) Barbecue. I really wish we could find the sign! Fingers crossed that it’s in a garage somewhere.”


Written by Dean Jeffrey

September 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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