Sandhills Heritage Center

$450 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 11 months
Sandhills Family Heritage Association , a community-based 501(c)(3) organization located in North Carolina, is raising funds to renovate and preserve its historic Civic Center building located in Spring Lake, North Carolina. 

Donate to help renovate the Historic Civic Center Building in Spring Lake, North Carolina, and return this important landmark to its rightful place in the Sandhills community. 

About Sandhills Family Heritage Association
Sandhills Family Heritage Association (SFHA) programs focus on the preservation of African-American culture and history in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.  Our H.O.P.E. programs - - Heritage, Outreach, Preservation and Economic Self-sufficiency - - focus on land ownership,  collection and preservation of oral histories and cultural practices, heritage tours and reenactments, creation of land-based economies and community outreach and education.

The Historic Civic Center Building
In 1950, African-American residents of Spring Lake and Manchester constructed the Civic Center building by hand for use as a recreation center for the community's children.

The Civic Center served as a hub for social and civic events.  Community members attended sock hops, family reunions, weddings and many other social events  at the Civic Center building.

During the Civil Rights era, the Civic Center was pressed into service for voter registration drives, school desgregation efforts and NAACP meetings.  Civil rights meetings held in the building were instrumental in the desegregation of schools, restaurants and theaters in Cumberland County.   

In 2001, the Civic Center Building, a 50-year-old concretae block structure,  was closed due to changes in building codes.

In 2005, the last surviving Trustee of the Spring Lake Civic Association, owners of the building, gifted the 2,600 square foot building and the 1.8 acre of land upon which it stands to the Sandhills Family Heritage Association. 

In 2007, the Mayor of Spring Lake signed a Proclamation designating the Civic Center a "Building of Historical Significance."

While SFHA cannot use the building until it is renovated, the organization continues to operate its Farmers Market, special events, heritage tours and historic  reenaactments on the Civic Center building land. 

Your Donation Will Help to Renovate the Historic Civic Center Building
The communities in Cumberland County, who value the Civic Center as an integral part of their history, have raised $10,000 toward renovation costs. The renovation will cost much more, but SFHA will use the $25,000 raised through our GoFundMe campaign to start the process with a roof replacement and other stablizing work to preserve the building until grant funds are secured to fully fund the renovation.

The Future Sandhills Heritage Center
The renovated Civic Center will reopen as the Sandhills Heritage Center, where SFHA  and the community will implement sustainable economic development, small business development and neighborhood revitalization. 

The renovated facility will house African-American cultural exhibits,  a small business incubator, a community kitchen, and meeting spaces for community education programs. 

Learn More About the Historic Civic Center Building
and Its Place in North Carolina History
Click on the links below to learn more aobut the Civic Center building:

Cumberland County Heritage Trails    
North Carolina Folklore Society’s awards SFHA its 2008 Community Traditions Award

Leisure World Travel includes the SFHA Farmers Market as part of its Fayetteville NC African-American Heritage Itinerary, the Plan Road Passage.

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This picture was taken at the Spring Lake Civic Center during a family reunion. It was all about celebrating our roots and reconnecting with relatives from multiple generations. Your generous donation can help restore this historic landmark in our community.
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This picture was taken at the Spring Lake Civic Center, as these beautiful women celebrated sisterhood. They projected charm, poise and beauty. We could use your help to raise funds to restore this community landmark.
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$450 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 11 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Sandhills Family Heritage Association
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Spring Lake, NC
EIN: 562243711
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