The Moore County Historical Association is holding a reception Friday afternoon on its new exhibit of historic photographs illustrating a book published in 2004, titled “East and West Southern Pines.”
The reception for the general public or anyone else who wishes to attend is from 3 to 4 p.m., July 22, at the old public library in Southern Pines on Broad Street. The building is next to the U.S. Postal Service and is currently used for the Southern Pines town water billing and planning department.
Two Southern Pines residents, Sara Lindau and Pamela Blue, produced the book and text that explores a little-known period of the town’s history, from 1920 to the 1980s. West Southern Pines was once a chartered town, but in those years from the early 1920s the charter was revoked and the predominantly black community annexed into what was once the east, all-white side of town, calling itself Southern Pines.
Lindau is a staff writer at The Pilot who has lived and absorbed the regional and local history of this area for more than 20 years. Her mother, Betsy Lindau, was also a local historian, whose books, “Southern Pines, the First 100 Years,” and “Young Southern Pines,” that she edited with author Helen Huttenhauer, contributed significant information and original photographs of the earliest days, from the town’s founding in 1887 through the early part of the 20th century. Due to popular demand, the Association is preparing to reprint “Young Southern Pines,” which has been out of print.
Blue’s father, Edward Blue was born and raised in West Southern Pines. After a period when the Blues resided in Connecticut, during which Pam returned to the area to visit relatives on summer vacation, the family returned to Southern Pines and currently reside in Knollwood. Blue, a paralegal by profession, developed an interest in the former existence of one of the first incorporated black municipalities in North Carolina, and began to gather documentation several years before Arcadia Publishing Co., a regional historical publisher under Tempus Publishing, Inc., became interested in printing and distributing this book about a little-known time in the town’s history.
“East and West Southern Pines” contains more than 180 reprinted historic photographs and covers a 60-year history when the town went through racial growing pains that still dominate some residents’ thinking.
Both authors of “East and West Southern Pines” will attend the reception Friday and can autograph copies or discuss the book with people who attend.
The book may be purchased at The Country Bookshop in downtown Southern Pines, Waldenbooks at Pinecrest Plaza, and other shops in the area, including Midland Crafters, Walgreen, and the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital gift shop.