The Cedar Grove Community Center - A Testament to Resiliency:


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 7, 2016) – On Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony of the Cedar Grove Community Center. Following the ceremony, the center will be open for tours and socializing.  The free event celebrates the re-opening of the recently renovated building, once home to the Cedar Grove Negro School.  The event will include a ribbon cutting, a maypole dance, and remarks from elected officials and local community leaders. The Cedar Grove Community Center is located at 5800 Highway 86N, Hillsborough, 27278.

Satellite parking will be available at Mt. Zion AME, 5124 Highway 86 N, Hillsborough.

The Cedar Grove Community Center is the third collaborative project between the county and a local neighborhood community association. The other community centers in the county are the Rogers Road Community Center and the Efland-Cheeks Park Community Center.

The centers are flexible spaces for recreation, social and educational activities, and have adjacent spaces for storage and entrepreneurial support. The county provides space and technical support, and each neighborhood association plans and hosts programs for members of the local community.

A new feature for an Orange County community center is the addition of a self-serve library station adjacent to the building. This outside kiosk is a service of the Orange County Public Library. Anyone with a current library card will be able to use the station to check out and return library materials.

The community center is a revitalization of the Cedar Grove Negro School, built in 1951; 16 years after the community began to petition the Orange County School Board for a school for African American children.  The school was expanded in 1957-1958 and supported grades 1-8 in this rural community approximately 10 miles north of Hillsborough. Once students completed 8th grade, they traveled into Hillsborough to attend Central High School, now Hillsborough Elementary School.

For more information, please visit or contact David Caldwell at  or 984-215-0686.  


About the Cedar Grove Community Center

Orange County adaptively re-used the historic Cedar Grove School (most recently known as the Northern Human Services Center) into a community center space.  This facility will now provide flexible spaces for recreation, social and educational activities, as well as adjacent spaces for storage and entrepreneurial support.