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Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit In High Point Draws More Than 54,000

Posted April 11, 2005 5:59 a.m. EDT

— An exhibit in High Point featuring fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls has ended its 87-day stay with record attendance of 54,206.

The High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the exhibit had a conservative economic impact on High Point of at least $3.6 million.

Bureau President Charlotte Young says the show's attendance and impact on the High Point economy was second only to the twice-a-year International Home Furnishings Market.

The complete Dead Sea Scrolls contain more than 800 manuscripts written on goat's skin, papyrus and copper more than 2,000 years ago. Written in Hebrew, the scrolls include many kinds of texts, including the oldest known portions of the Old Testament of the Bible.

The exhibit of several fragments began Jan. 14 in High Point. It originally was scheduled to end Feb. 27, but was extended twice. It closed on Sunday.