The Sandhills Family Heritage Association focuses much of its efforts on the land and cultural connections to the land that have sustained its communities for generations. To the African-American families of the Sandhills, land was not just soil; it was their food supply, their home, and their source of income, medicine, and recreation. Land was the center of family and community life. Elders who had little or no formal education were able to leave a legacy of knowledge and wisdom about the land and how to use it to enhance their families’ quality of life. This collective knowledge was passed down from generations dating back to slavery and, before that, to Africa.
Through seminars, workshops, publications, and other means, SFHA educates African-American landowners about the long history of African-American land ownership in the region, while also providing tools to help sustain land ownership and cultural traditions of land stewardship.