History

Prior to 2005, the building served as New Hanover County’s Detention Center. With a generous contribution from Bobby Harrelson and donations from First Baptist Church, the building was renovated in memory of Bobby Harrelson’s deceased wife, Jo Ann Carter Harrelson. The building still contains much of the original structure from the detention center, but many areas have been renovated to serve as offices for local nonprofit organizations.


The Harrelson Center is a nonprofit organization that provides benefits to our nonprofit partners. By reducing their overhead expenses, they are able to direct more resources towards programming and client services.


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