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American Indian Heritage Center Opening Reflects on the Lives of Mr. Curt & Mrs. Catherine Locklear

What a beautiful way to kick off American Indian Heritage Month with the grand opening of the American Indian Heritage Center at UNC Pembroke. The American Indian Heritage Center opening reflected on the impact of the lives of Mr. Curt & Mrs. Catherine Locklear. The center is named in honor of Mr. Curt and Mrs. Catherine. They are beloved in the Pembroke community and especially known as longtime business owners of Pembroke Hardware in Pembroke. They also had strong ties to the university dating back to the 1930s.

Among the earliest graduates of the university, the Locklears’ instilled in their nine children the value of education, integrity, honesty and a good work ethic. Mrs. Catherine is currently the oldest living graduate of UNC Pembroke. Mr. Curt passed away in 2011. He graduated from Pembroke State College in 1949 and Mrs. Catherine graduated in 1948. The American Indian Heritage Center is on the second floor of Old Main. The center will support American Indian students through cultural, social and academic programs. It will also offer a special place where American Indian students will feel a sense of belonging. Photo courtesy of UNC Pembroke.


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