Carol Haney, Paul Murphy, Vincent Gordon

Mayor Carol Haney presents the resolution naming the Emanuel S. Douglass Community Center building to Rev. Dr. Paul Murphy, the town's mayor pro tem, and Vincent Gordon.

The Douglass Community Center on West Pennsylvania Avenue was recognized and formally named the Emanuel S. Douglass Community Center during Tuesday’s business meeting, in memory of former mayor Emanual Stephens “Jug” Douglass. A framed copy of the resolution was presented to Mayor Pro Tem Paul Murphy and Vincent Gordon, chair of the Southern Pines Land and Housing Trust.

Originally constructed in 1942 as “Our Lady of Victory School,” and eventually became the first integrated school in Moore County, the building was later dedicated for use by the community.

Emanuel S. Douglass

Emanuel S. Douglass

Emanuel Douglass

Mayor Emanuel S. Douglass presides as the first Black mayor of Southern Pines. He is joined by, from left, town manager Bill Coleman, Jane Clark, Jerry Daeke, Luther Adams and Anita Lillard. Douglass served on the town council from 1968 to 1987.

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