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Welcome to The Concerned Citizens of Tillery home page. We are continually evolving and uncovering the history of Tillery, North Carolina
To promote and improve the social, economic, and educational welfare of the citizens of Tillery and the surrounding community area through the self-development of its members.
Concerned Citizens of Tillery envisions and empowered, sustainable community that builds on our natural, historic and cultural resources to promote economic independence, a healthy and environmentally sound life, the development of heritage and agricultural tourism that honors and celebrates the spirit and fortitude of Tillery and an enhanced quality of life through our own outside participation in conferences, retreats, seminars and other educational activities.
Gary R. Grant, CCT executive director and part of the RRRC, worked with the leaders of the group to set up a tour that included the Roanoke Cannel, Historic Halifax, the Remembering Tillery History House, and Sylvan Heights Bird Park. CCT member Cary White, Jr. was the bus driver and picked the ladies up at 10:00am on Saturday, March 5 from the McDaddy House on Lake Gaston to began the tour. After touring the Remembering Tillery History House, the ladies dined on real country food at the Edmonds Café & Catering at the Resettlement. They had nothing but compliments as they were awed over the delicious home cooked meal.
Their response to the tour was that they had learned a lot about North Carolina and Halifax County history, but the potion at the Remembering Tillery History House was “awesome, enlightening, educational and well worth the trip.” They also stated, “Your (Gary Grant) expertise and knowledge were awesome. Good history!!!” They agreed that more people need to know the history of the Tillery Resettlement Farm, and they would certainly spread the word.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 during the weekly meeting of the Open Minded Seniors (OMS), Grant says that ninety-three year old Hazel Battle Hendricks called him over to her table and she said to him, “You had a group of ladies from DC here on Saturday, right?” Grant responded that was true. She said, “I know because they went back and were talking about their time in Tillery and the History House and just how nice the bus driver and the host at the History House were. They told of the film (trailer) they saw with this elderly lady talking about the flood of 1940.” Then she added, “What they did not know was one of the women they were relating the story to was my daughter.” Wow! She was excited and so were we that such a connection had been made.
Margie Carter, a leader of the group stated: "The “Ladies On the Go” travel club, based in the Washington D.C. area, was formed in September 2015 with a group of retired ladies (sisters and friends). We wanted to travel together and fellowship with each other. Then later, other ladies, still employed, wanted to travel with us as well. Since most of us are newly retirees, our mission for now, is to travel, relax, have fun, and enjoy our time on this earth. Our goal is to have quarterly weekend trips, travelling to places within 4 hours drive time of the Washington D.C. area. Every other year, we hope to do a “big” trip that could take us anywhere in the United States, and also include international trips.” Our recent trip to Lake Gaston was such a blessing being exposed to “our” history at the Tillery History House. We're looking forward to upcoming trips, and expanding our mission with assisting and giving back to our community."
The Remembering Tillery History House Museum is based on the Tillery Resettlement Farm Era of the 1930’s and '40’s when land, under President FDR’s New Deal, was made available for purchase to landless Black and White sharecroppers. The Tillery Resettlement Farm was one of fifteen resettlement farm communities across the country for African Americans. The “colored” Tillery Farms was later consolidated with the white section here in Halifax County and they were known as “Roanoke Farms.” They were so named because of the land being along the Roanoke River. The museum also covers the continued struggles of the African American community of Tillery as it carries on its efforts in fighting for social, economic, educational, environmental, and political justice through the Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) organization.
Due to current funding, the Remembering Tillery History House is open on Tuesdays from 10:00am until 6:00pm, and at all other times by appointment (including weekends). Those interested in setting up a tour and learning about the Tillery Resettlement New Deal Farms and the Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) should call the CCT office at 252-826-3017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Some information is on the organization’s website at www.cct78.org.
Please feel free to contact us via fax or e-mail 24 hours a day, or to call us at our office during our normal business hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.
Postal address P.O. Box 61, Tillery, North Carolina 27887