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Executive producer of National Black Theatre Festival dies

1/13/2022, 6 p.m.
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, who succeeded her late husband as board chairman and executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival, has ...
Mrs. Sprinkle-Hamlin

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, who succeeded her late husband as board chairman and executive producer of the National Black Theatre Festival, has died. She was 76.

A news release from the North Carolina Black Repertory Company said Mrs. Sprinkle-Hamlin died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. The family declined to give the cause of death. Mrs. Sprinkle-Hamlin took the leadership position following the death of her husband, Larry Leon Hamlin, who founded the company and produced its first festival in 1989.

Mr. Hamlin died in 2007.

Mrs. Sprinkle-Hamlin worked for 40 years with the Forsyth County Public Library, becoming its first Black and female director. She retired in 2019.