City to keep historic Claflin School for at least six more month - WRBL

City to keep historic Claflin School for at least six more months

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to approve a 6-month-extension for the historic Claflin School building.

The city had plans to turn the dilapidated school over to the federal government, but last week city and state leaders asked city council to give the building an extension so they could 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,” Reverend Richard Jessie told News 3 during a tour of the building last week.

The Claflin School was the first black public school in Columbus. It can only be used for educational purposes because of 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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