Local, state leaders tour Claflin with hopes of saving building - WRBL

Local, state leaders tour Claflin with hopes of saving building

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Local and state leaders toured the Claflin Building on Wednesday with hopes of saving the historic school on 5th Avenue in Columbus.

The building sits on the site of the first black public school in Columbus. On Wednesday, a group of state and local leaders and contractors toured the facility, then attended a community planning meeting. Columbus planners recently asked City Council to postpone turning the school over to the federal government, giving the community six months to develop a plan to save it.

"We want to restore it. We want it to be a place to come and learn about the history, the heritage and the contribution that blacks made to the city,” said Reverend Richard Jessie.

The Claflin School Building can be used solely for educational purposes, according to deed restrictions. The city says they have not found a developer interested in the project.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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