Sandhills Family Heritage Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Spring Lake, NC.

SFHA is a community-based, volunteer-fueled  organization making a difference through partnerships, collaboration and engaging our neighbors to share the work, inform the processes and sow the seeds of change.


SFHA focuses on rural African-American communities in the Sandhills. Through our programs and activities, we combine research to collect, preserve and share our history and culture; community engagement, outreach and education; youth empowerment; and honoring our elders.

The Sandhills Family Heritage Association (SFHA) works to revive the unique African-American culture in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. One of the first African-American organizations in the United States to combine land protection with community development, SFHA demonstrates how cultural connections to the land can be converted into a broad array of economic, social, and environmental benefits.  SFHA is helping community members reach back and gather the best of what the past has to teach in order to move forward. Yogesh Ghore, Coady Institute, "Reaching back to move forward towards a future of HOPE: The Story of Sandhills Family Heritage Association"

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, which includes announcements, upcoming events and news about our communities. 

Visit our Historic Spring Lake Civic Center Renovation page to learn the history or this important community treasure and its builders. 

Contact Us to ask about SFHA Membership.


Visit our Friends of SFHA page to learn how to join and be one of our community ambassadors, advocates and volunteers.

Become an SFHA Member.

Donate to support our work and help SFHA continue to educate, engage and empower.


where change happens

Heritage Tour visitors to the Spring Lake Civic Center building and land watch the Sankofa Players perform historical renactments. 

Vendors and shoppers at the Sankofa Festival examine beautiful African prints and fabric arts. 

Honor the Past

Embrace the Present


Build for the Future


Ammie McRae Jenkins, 1964

Ammie McRae Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director of SFHA, was honored on August 13, 2019 at High Point University with an honorary degree presented by the university president. Jenkins, the first African-American student to attend High Point College, was joined by family, friends and faculty for the special presentation. Click the link below to see photographs and an article about the event. 

First African-American Student to Attend High Point College Receives Honorary Degree


Great News: SFHA is proud to announce that the Historic Spring Lake Civic Center Building has a New Roof! Next Steps: Full Renovation and reopening as the Sandhills Heritage Center. Learn how you can help support this project. Click Here

Founder, Ammie Jenkins accepts the Stedman Incentive Grant awarded by Preservation North Carolina!

THANK YOU PRESERVATION NORTH CAROLINA for awarding SFHA with the Stedman Incentive Grant to support our window and door replacement project, part of our historic Civic Center Building Renovation Project. We appreciate your help as we Renovate, Restore and Reopen!


THANK YOU CANNON FOUNDATION for awarding SFHA a grant to support our roof replacement project, part of our historic Civic Center Building Renovation Project. We appreciate your help as we Renovate, Restore and Reopen!

THANK YOU Marion Stedman Covington Foundation for awarding SFHA a grant to support our roof replacement project, part of our Historic Civic Center Building Renovation Project. We appreciate your help as we Renovate, Restore and Reopen!

SFHA welcomes Doris Lucas, Desi Campbell, and Debra Clyde as new Board members. Please visit our Board & Staff page to learn about our new members and their histories of contributing to community and making a difference. We are proud that they have chosen SFHA as the vehicle for continuing their work.

SFHA has launched Girls REACH: Readiness through Education, Activity, Community Service and Health. Girls REACH activities, which begin in 2020, address the unique social and emotional needs of adolescent girls of middle and high school age. Learn more on our Girls REACH page. 

Scroll down to see links to SFHA Newsletters.

Visit our Civic Center Renovation Project pages - check our progress and donate to support the renovation.

Sandhills Family Heritage Association

Creating partnerships to save and protect

our natural resources, livelihoods, health and cultural heritage.

This organization is supported in part by a space grant from the BB&T Term Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

2020 Sandhills Family Heritage Association

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon


P.O. Box 754, Spring Lake, NC 28390

910-309-2198 or 919-888-0389