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

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On Tuesday Oct 15th, SFHA held a Know2Grow event titled "Keep it Safe" at the Spring Lake Senior Center. We would like to thank Venus Camp of  PNC Bank for facilitating the event. There were approximately 15 people in attendance. The attendees enjoyed learning about ways to keep their money safe in an ever changing world. We plan to hold 3 more Know2Grow events before the year concludes. 

SFHA is pleased to introduce our new board member Doris Lucas! She has been a member of the SFHA for over ten years where she participates in reenactments of African American History, and serves as chairperson of our Health Wise program. 

Board, Staff and Volunteers held a successful strategic planning session on Friday Oct 19th. We discussed program and building reno updates, along with other topics. The second session is planned for mid-November. We are continuously working to improve SFHA, our programs and impact.


SFHA is launching a new program named "Girls REACH" in 2020! The Girls REACH project (Readiness through Education, Activity, Community Service and Health) addresses the unique social and emotional needs of adolescent girls of middle and high school age. Learn more on our Girls REACH page under Programs. 

Scroll down to see links to SFHA Newsletters.

Visit the Sandhills Farmers & Heritage Market - open June through September.

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


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

Sandhills Family Heritage Association

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our natural resources, livelihoods, health and cultural heritage.

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P.O. Box 754, Spring Lake, NC 28390