Founded in 1994, the West End Revitalization Association, Inc. (WERA) is Alamance County’s first and only community development corporation (CDC). WERA services residents, homeowners, and landowners of five African American communities in Alamance County and Orange County. These communities were settled by former slaves, just beyond Mebane’s city limits, shortly after the Civil War and are 85% to 95% African American. Seven 100-year old churches, founded as early as 1864, are landmarks of survival.
In 1999, complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice were required to stop the 119-bypass/interstate from destroying dozens of houses, churches, and a Masonic Temple in West End and White Level communities.