Mattox Award presented to family of namesake, Dr. John S. Mattox
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
The Belmont County Tourism Council Board and Executive Director Barb Ballint were proud to announce and present the “Mattox Award”at the Tourism Council’s Christmas Dinner on December 16, 2019. This award, named in honor of the late Dr. John S. Mattox who was curator and co-founder of the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, was presented to Mattox’s children, John Jr. and Suzanne.
The award is designed to honor an individual, couple or organization who have made a significant and long-term contribution through their involvement in the field of tourism by attracting travelers to visit and explore Belmont County. This recipient is to be an individual, couple or organization that believes that the promotion of tourism and economic development of Belmont County is of prime importance.
“It is fitting that Mattox, who passed away in July, be the namesake for this award as he dedicated decades of his life to promoting tourism, not just in Belmont County, but throughout Ohio and beyond,” Ballint said. “John was responsible for bringing many visitors to Belmont County. He was a historian, educator, and community leader. He is remembered as a great man, a great friend, and a cornerstone of Belmont County.”
Ashley Karlen, Deputy District Director from Congressman Bill Johnson's office also presented Mattox's children with proclamations recognizing the Mattox Award and a Celebration of Life held in Dr. Mattox's honor in October. They were also presented with a plaque of recognition to Mattox Sr. from the Belmont County Democratic Party. In addition, the tourism office presented a bench in honor and memory of Dr. Mattox to be placed in front of the Underground Railroad Museum.