The Historic Civic Center Building and Land . . .
a repository of history, culture, faith and remembrance
The Trustees of the Spring Lake Civic Association entrusted Sandhills Family Heritage Association and the community with the Historic Civic Center Building. With the help of our supporters, we will honor their legacy and Renovate, Restore and Reopen.
“The Spring Lake Civic Club served as the location for planning strategies to integrate the public schools of Cumberland County. The schools were integrated when several black students enrolled in previously all-white schools in 1963.”
NC Representative Marvin W. Lucas, District 42, Cumberland
"Ambrose Lucas, a founding member of the Spring Lake Civic Association and a family member, was instrumental in choosing SFHA to serve as stewards for this valued community asset. As the Civic Association members wished, he gifted the land and the building to Sandhills Family Heritage Association with full trust that they, and the community, would work to reopen the building and return it to community use."
N.C. Representative Marvin W. Lucas, District 42 - Cumberland
"... anything that concerned bringing the community together mostly was held at the church. This was very true in the Manchester community until the Civic Club was formed. The Civic Club was where people began having dances and community meetings. The reasons the dances were held at the center was to keep the children safe from the local juke joints in the community. The community and the church worked hand-in-hand."
Ammie Jenkins Oral History, 2010
Fayetteville State University
Instructor: Dr. Diane White-Oyler
Student: LeRon T. Montgomery