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Stop 11: Sandhills Family Heritage Center

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    Formerly called the Spring Lake Civic Center, it was founded by African-Americans as a community activity facility for local black youth in 1951. The center was used for youth and adult social gatherings, such as family reunions, birthday parties, church gatherings 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. Today, you can view several outside exhibits including, a replica of a brush arbor, a section of a plank road, and a farmer's market. For Heritage Tour and Re-enactment information, please contact Ammie Jenkins, Executive Director of the Association, at (910) 497-0628, or

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

    Next Stop: Turn around on Chapel Hill Road. Make right onto Bragg Blvd. Make a left onto Vass Road.

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