COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Community leaders continue to fight to save a historic school in the Columbus community.
Claflin elementary school is on the chopping block, and could possibly be torn down if a solution is not found to restore the building.
The deteriorating building is estimated to cost millions of dollars to renovate, but concerned citizens say the building is a part of history and needs to be preserved.
Rev. Richard Jessie, a graduate of Claflin School, says, "I can see a library here. I can see a restaurant here. I can see a gym here where people can come and develop their body. I can see all of the things it would take to make a person a whole person. There is an educational aspect of this building that's in the deed that needs to be maintained. So, this will be a center for a holistic education."
Claflin School was the first school built for blacks after slavery (according to Rev. Jessie) in this area.
Jessie says the Claflin School was the first school built for blacks in this area after slavery. Columbus city council member have given the community near the metropolitan church until Nov. 26 to present a proposal on the property.
Jessie says the planning committee will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays in June, July, and august to develop a plan.