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Sandhills Family Heritage Center

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    Hours: Exterior view only or by appointment, daily before dusk.

    An exhibit on plank roads exists on the grounds and is used to tell the story of slave labor that helped build them. Formerly called the Spring Lake Civic Center, it was founded by African Americans as a recreational facility for local black youth in 1951. The center was used for youth and adult social gatherings such as family reunions, birthday parties, and during the 1960s as a civil rights meeting place. Plans are underway to restore the building as an African American Heritage Center by the Sandhills Family Heritage Association which frequently hosts events and tours here about African American Heritage. For heritage tours and reenactment information, please contact Ammie Jenkins, Executive Director of the Association, at (910) 497-0628, or