Portraits of Pembroke-Hopkins

Many residents have family roots that go back several generations. The original Potawatomi Indians were exiled from the area to west of the Mississippi River, where they were given land, money, and supplies to resettle. Pembroke then became part of a trade route and eventually a terminal on the Underground Railroad. As such, it became a rare multiracial community during the late nineteenth century. More African-Americans began to settle in Pembroke Township during the Great Depression and throughout the twentieth century as an attempt to flee the horrors of the inner-city. The current Mayor of Pembroke Township’s only village, Hopkins Park, reported that he, like so many residents of Pembroke today, grew up in this rural landscape hunting animals and riding horses all throughout the town. He loves Pembroke Township and the people that commune with him in it.

Pembroke-Hopkins Park is now one of the largest communities of black farmers north of the Mason-Dixon line.  The Pembroke Rodeo and Pembroke Days festivals showcase the spirit of community and love of nature.  Numerous farmers pride themselves in organic and sustainable farming and lifestyles.  The local school, which has whittled down from what was once 3 schools, to now one school that was recently slated for, is now the only school in the entire county in the black.  It recently changed its name to the Lorenzo R. Smith Sustainability and Technology Academy.

Pembroke Days–August 27-28, 2016

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Lorenzo R. Smith Sustainability and Technology Academy

The Cardboard Arcade taught children to upcycle cardboard in fun and creative ways!  Fun times WITHOUT any technology!

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Pembroke Library


The Pembroke Library


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The Pembroke Library has seen several incarnations throughout the years.


Thousands of books have been donated to the Pembroke Library!


Children love the children’s corner!


Library Director Veronika M. Thurman leads this new library created completely by volunteer labor and with renewable and sustainable materials.


The “share table” demonstrates the community spirit of Pembroke-Hopkins. There is always a “help up” available in this community!


Local students demonstrate their appreciation for the knowledge the Library has helped them learn about their own community.


Community advocate Kate Reed stands in the Beverley Hall, which is almost ready as a rentable, beautiful event space!