The Town of Smithfield, Mayor and Town Council have honored the Pine Acres neighborhood, declaring it an historically significant community.
The recognition was made at the February meeting of the town council at the request of Rachael Ayers, a resident and newly appointed member of the Historic Properties Commission. The recognition declares Pine Acres historically significant to the growth and development of the Town.
Pine Acres, off East Market Street near I-95, was developed in partnership with the Johnston County Training School and the Johnston County Board of Education to provide homeownership opportunities for African American educators, business people, health professionals and others.
As a result the development opened up economic opportunities for its residents who went on to contribute to the growth and prosperity of Smithfield. Ayers said the residents contributed to the wellbeing of the town and were highly instrumental in the integration of Johnston County Schools and the civil rights movement.
The proclamation recognized the unique history of Pine Acres and the contribution of its residents.
Mayor Andy Moore read the proclamation and present a plaque to more than a dozen members of the community who were present for the honor.
“The Town of Smithfield appreciate this rich history and the significance of the Pine Acres neighborhood,” Mayor Moore stated.