The West End Heritage Center, 1623 Gilbert St., celebrates a unique community in Georgetown with memorabilia, photographs and videos of many of the community’s notable citizens. Howard High School, the city's once-all-black school, is featured prominently and proudly with school spirit giving way to a community spirit that lingers over the wide-ranging displays. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The center was opened on Aug. 20, 2019, by the Howard High School Alumni Association and Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, which had partnered for renovations, fact-finding and creating displays to bring the center back to life.
The center was previously the location for the Dreamkeepers Center, which was owned by the Committee for African-American History Observances. Before that, it served as a kitchen and band room for the former Howard High School.
Longtime champions of the West End community are featured in photo and biography displays. Some of the notable people featured include state Rep. Carl Anderson Sr., Georgetown County Clerk of Court Alma White and Georgetown Mayor Brendon A. Barber Sr., the city's current and first black mayor.