SOUTHERN PINES LAND AND HOUSING TRUST
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Formed in 2009 under the leadership of Fred Walden. The primary purpose is to be an advocate to target support for the citizens of the West Southern Pines Community.
Reestablished in 2018 the goal of the Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust will continue with the original vision with the goal to maintain community-based traditions but create opportunities for economic growth for the citizens of West Southern Pines and surrounding areas.
Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust Board Members
Vincent Gordon, Board Chair
Retired Army Lt. Colonel who for the last 11 years was facilities manager responsible for leasing, building out and managing all 400 real estate properties of the US Census Bureau across the US and Puerto Rico.
Fenton Wilkinson, Board Member/Project Manager
Represented significant real estate developers doing downtown Seattle developments as an attorney with an LLM in tax working for a large Seattle law firm.
Bill Ross, Board Member
Retired US Army, Retired Employee Moore County School System
**Eugene Mason, Board Member
Retired US Navy, Former Adjutant, Rufus McLaughlin American Legion Post #177
**Oliver Hines, Board Member
Founder/CEO Citizens for Change
Tangella Upchurch, Board Member
Owner/Operator, Open Arms Daycare
**Renee Moody, Board Treasurer
Retired Insurance Executive
**Phyllis Jones, Board Member
Career Employee at Pinehurst Medical Clinic
Terry Jeffries, Board Member
Sherilla Horton, Board Member
Leader, Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills
Nora Bowman, Board Member
Native of Southern Pines
Career Banker and Finance Employee
Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Board Member
** These members represent the Class of 1969, the last graduating class of West Southern Pines High School which was the former West Southern Pines Primary School **
Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and donations are tax deductible.
PRESERVING THE COMMUNITY
In 1923 West Southern Pines became one of the first incorporated African American towns in North Carolina. The town had its own mayor, city council, and municipal services. In 1931 the Town of Southern Pines wanted to own the water from McDeed’s Creek which was in the Town of West Southern Pines so they had the State Legislature revoke the West Southern Pines Town Charter and immediately annexed it into Southern Pines. The Southern Pines Town Council couldn’t say that wanting McDeeds Creek was the reason for the revocation, so they made up three reasons that are all suspect by today’s standards. One “good” reason was “Negroes are incapable of governing themselves”. (Look in A LITTLE HISTORY section to view the minutes from the 1931 Town Council meeting.)
When Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust was formed its primary mission was to assist those citizens in West Southern Pines in the following ways:
Prevent the deterioration of the community by providing educational, technical, and financial services to low and moderate income land and homeowners.
To acquire abandoned, foreclosed or vacant homes and properties to redevelop, rehabilitate those properties.
A LITTLE HISTORY...
1931 Town Council Meeting Minutes
SOUTHERN PINES PRIMARY SCHOOL
Preservation and Legacy
Southern Pines Land & Housing Trust is achieving more with its community-based initiatives than ever before. The community directed plans for Southern Pines Primary School include a World-class Black Heritage Cultural Destination, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, great ethnic food and community access for meetings and gatherings, exercise and enjoyment of the open space.
Community support includes local civic organizations as well as corporate organizations
for the acquisition of the school.
West Southern Pines Civic Club
Rufus McLaughlin American Legion Post #177
WSP Citizens for Change
Trinity AME Zion Church
Town of Southern Pines Economic Development Task Force
Moore County NAACP
Sandhills Cooperation Association
Sandhills Community College
Moore County Partners in Progress
Arts Council of Moore County
Black Family Land Trust
USDA Rural Development
SOUTHERN PINES PRIMARY
Conceived by Booker T Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute in the 1910s persuaded Julius Rosenwald, the philanthropist and President of Sears , Roebuck & Co. to support the construction of schools for rural African-American children in the South. Julius Rosenwald created a fund that would provide matching funds with what the local community raising the funds necessary for the school. The deed for the West Southern Pines school in part state: " Now therefore this deed is given that said land may be conveyed and said conveyance placed of record as intended as between the grantors and grantee and for no other purpose whatsoever except that the said land and all profits in anywise ever arising therefrom in any manner shall be ever devoted to the use of negro education in and about the Town of Southern Pines and West Southern Pines in recognition of the fact that the money for the purchase of said land was raised by the Negros of said towns containing four acres, more or less." (Deed dated May 29, 1924)
A CALL TO ACTION
A PROMISE TO KEEP
Key events to the acquisition of Southern Pines Primary School started in September 2018 with a presentation to the community regarding the closing of the area schools. In January 2020 Moore County School Board agreed to private negotiations with SPLHT. It was noted that by law Real estate or personal property can be sold to a nonprofit corporation or trust whose purpose include the preservation or conservation of real or personal properties of architectural, archaeological, artistic, cultural, historical, natural or scenic significance.
BLANCHIE CARTER PARK
Blanchie Carter Discovery Park is a four acre outdoor play and learning environment located at the former SP Primary School (Carlisle Street location).
In 1995, a group of parents decided that their children deserved more than a hot, dusty, barren, unsafe playground and initiated a process of transforming the area into an outdoor classroom where children could learn through play and investigation of living environments.
Over $150,000 was raised through donations from community, businesses, civic organizations and foundations.
Quote from the 1924 Deed for West Southern Pines Rosenwald School
Grantors William F. Junge and Emma C. Junge, his wife
Grantee: Moore County Board of Education
Date May 23, 1924
... Now therefore this deed is given that said land may be conveyed and said conveyance placed
of record as intended as between the grantors and grantee and for no other purpose
whatsoever except that the said land or all profits in anywise ever arising therefrom in any
manner shall be ever devoted to the use of negro education in and about the Town of Southern
Pines and West Southern Pines in recognition of the fact that the money for the purchase of
said land was raised by the negros of said towns containing four acres, more or less.
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities. Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust community-directed plans for the school include a World Class Black Heritage
Cultural Destination, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, great ethnic food and
community access for meetings and gatherings, exercise and enjoyment of the open space. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust today.
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
This dedicated team of experienced professionals
utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our project forward.
Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Southern Pines Land and Trust
Retired Army Lt. Colonel
US Census Bureau
Vincent chairs the Southern Pines Land & Housing Trust with the vision and drive to continue the what was set by the organization's initial vision on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
HELP US RUN THIS RACE!!
Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust, is now SO CLOSE to having the support we need to purchase the Southern Pines Primary School and develop it as the West Southern Pines Center for African American History, Cultural Arts & Business. We know that this resource will honor the history of West Southern Pines and enrich our entire community.
The new appraisal of the Southern Pines Primary School property by Village Appraisers (Pinehurst, NC) has been completed and the final bid for the Aberdeen Primary School (a comparable property) has been received. So we have a good sense of what our successful bid must be for the Southern Pines Primary School.
Once we reached an interim target of $400,000 in pledges and donations, we launched our Dash to $100,000 campaign, confident that a total of at least $500,000 will cover the purchase price of the facility as well as legal and administrative expenses. As of June 23rd, we've passed the $420,000 mark - and now you can help us reach our final goal!!
To pledge/donate by mail, please provide:
and mail to the following address:
1650 West New York Ave, Southern Pines NC 28387
Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust is a 501(c)(3) and all contributions are tax deductible.
PAST TO THE FUTURE
DASH TO $100,000
We ran the marathon –
Now we start the sprint!
So that we can bring the best of our PAST TO THE FUTURE, now is the time for everyone who cares about our community to join this dash to the finish line.
The Southern Pines Land & Housing Trust is SO CLOSE to having the support we need to purchase the Southern Pines Primary School and develop it as the West Southern Pines Center for African American History, Cultural Arts & Business.
We know that this resource will honor the history of West Southern Pines and enrich our entire community in so many ways:
*World-class African American History Museum and Cultural Arts Center
*Educational and Enrichment Opportunities
*Small-Business Development & Entrepreneurial Training
*Spaces for Nonprofit Offices,
Community Gatherings, Ethnic Cuisine & Recreation
With $420,000 in pledges from individuals and organizations, we’re within reach of our goal – so now ANYTHING you contribute toward the additional $100,000 we need by July 7th will make the difference. But we have to act NOW! Make your pledge today at www.splandandhousingtrust.org.
We can win this race!
Here in our news section, you’ll find articles, opinions and the latest updates about the work Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust is helping to preserve and grow our community. The attention these articles draw is one of the best resources we have for educating the public to our cause. Take a look at our featured pieces below and let us know what you think about our efforts.
Local Land Trust Exploring Options for Southern Pines Primary Campus
The term "land trust" typically conjures up woodsy, green spaces that are preserved for aesthetic and environment value. But the practice of conserving land in perpetuity may also reflect an area's heritage, social and cultural history..(read more)