The Sandhills Sankofa Players are sponsored by the Sandhills Family Heritage Association, a non-profit organization that preserves African American history and cultural heritage. The goal is to increase the awareness of rural African American heritage through re-enactments based on historical documents.
The Sankofa Players dress in period clothing and portray ordinary African American characters dating from slavery through the Civil Rights Era. The Sankofa Players are descendants of enslaved Africans. They sing, shout, tell stories, do dramatic readings, history re-enactments, herbal medicine demonstrations, African American food tastings, and display artifacts. They portray ordinary peoples’ life and tell how everyday struggles kept them alive.
Listen and learn from the Sankofa Players, as they re-enact the richness of the African American experience. Performances include a variety of traditions and inspirational stories. For more information, call 910-568-5809 or send us a message.
SFHA offers a variety of guided tours of the Sandhills area including:
Historic Churches, Sacred Landscapes, Naval Stores Museum, Historic Market House, Military Museum, Historic Reenactments and Outdoor Exhibits, Storytelling, Family Farm Tour, Civil Rights Movement Site, African American Operated Farmers Market, and Herbal Medicine Exhibit and Demonstrations.
A journey of discovery of African American heritage in the Sandhills of North Carolina will take you from the period of slavery through the Civil Rights Movement. You will hear untold stories of slavery in the Sandhills and learn about rural African American contributions to North Carolina heritage and legacies of self-sufficiency, land ownership, community building, entrepreneurship, education, religious practices, and herbal medicines. Schedule your heritage tour today!
The Sandhills Family Heritage Association was established, in part, to reverse the mainstream “historical memory” that largely overlooks the significance and contributions of African Americans to the Sandhills region. The SFHA works to preserve its communities’ history and culture through a variety of methods that highlight and showcase the folklife and rich cultural heritage of local African-American people, including the collecting of oral history, the promotion of heritage tourism, and the organization of the Sandhills Sankofa Festival.
SFHA has conducted and recorded over 130 oral history interviews that document the lifestyles, livelihoods, land-based activities, and stories of African-American families and communities dating back to slavery. These stories range from the simple but significant everyday struggles of farming in white America to agricultural, forestry, and other land-based and technical innovations created by African-Americans in the Sandhills.