Alabama Rural Heritage Center

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Alabama Rural Heritage Center
Coordinates32°16′15″N 87°37′35″W / 32.27083°N 87.62639°W / 32.27083; -87.62639Coordinates: 32°16′15″N 87°37′35″W / 32.27083°N 87.62639°W / 32.27083; -87.62639

The Alabama Rural Heritage Center is a regional heritage organization located in Thomaston, Alabama that was established in 1986.[1] It was established by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and local volunteers.[2] The center is currently headquartered in the old home economics building on the former Marengo County High School campus, which was repurposed by Auburn University's Rural Studio.[3] The center is run by the non-profit Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation.

The Rural Heritage Center houses a combination folk art gallery, theater, restaurant, community meeting place, and a commercial production kitchen.[3] The center produces local food products under the "Mama Nem's" trademark. The recipes for their products were developed with the Auburn University College of Human Sciences through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Rural Heritage Center". The Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation. Auburn University. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Parker, Lisa (November 21, 1992). "Center Holds Book Fair". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Robert C. "Celebrating the Black Belt". Southern Living. Southern Progressive Corporation (February 2008). Retrieved April 27, 2014.

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