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Pecan Hill holds 30th reunion

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CREEDMOOR — A Labor Day tradition for a unique part of Creedmoor continued this week with the 30th annual Pecan Hill Reunion.

Formerly known as Creedmoor Heights, the small area nestled on Watson Street just a stone’s throw away from Christian Faith Center was originally built in the 1940s to provide housing for African American workers during World War II, which helped in the building of the Camp Butner Training Center.

From there, the area grew with many school-age children, now senior citizens, attending what was then G. C. Hawley High School before becoming a middle school. As with most families, some eventually moved away to other places while some stayed and made their own families. But for those who held onto the heritage of Pecan Hill like Dora Ann Jones Robinson, president of the Pecan Hill Reunion Committee, there’s still a strong contingent that wants to annually remind the next generation of that special place.

“This was Dora Ann’s brain child,” said Stephen Bernard to the gathered audience at Harris Park within Pecan Hill. “Dora Ann loves this community and through her drive and commitment she wishes to see the reunion continue.”

Bernard also commented on what makes the annual event unique and so close-knit to this day.

“God has been and continues to be in the center of everything that we have done or are doing,” Bernard said.

The meeting closed with the tradition of singing the gospel song “Reunion in the Heavens.”