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RENA Community Center

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) Community Center is located at 101 Edgar St. in Chapel Hill, NC. The Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood his a historically Black community from Homestead to Eubanks Roads north of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The community dates back to the 1700s and until the mid-20th century, with most residents living and working on Black-owned family farms and in Black-owned sawmills. Since 1972, members of the Rogers-Eubanks community have fought against environmental racism, most notably represented by the county landfill constructed adjacent to the neighborhood in that year. In 2007, RENA was established as a non-profit and the first community center opened on Edgar Road in 2010. In 2014, a new and expanded center was built nearby in the current location. The Center offers after school tutoring, enrichment classes, athletics, gardening, community festivals, and other programs to benefit the diverse Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood.

RENA Community Center

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Citation: “RENA Community Center,” From the Rock Wall, accessed December 8, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/places/rena-community-center.

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