Lake Norman & Mooresville

February 15, 2012 12:00 AM

A neighborhood tries to regain its glory

For years, Smithville was a center of rural black culture in Cornelius. Families gathered on the neighborhood's porches in the evenings. Children attended the Rosenwald School, located at the center of the community. And on Friday and Saturday evenings, the neighbors gathered for social dances and other activities. But over the years, development in the rest of the town and the Lake Norman area outpaced the historically black community, leaving it behind.

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