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Group holds meeting to discuss future of Claflin

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Concerned residents got together on Tuesday night to discuss the future of one of Columbus' oldest landmarks.

The Friends of the Historic Claflin group held their monthly meeting at the Mildred Terry Library.

The group is trying to restore the Historic Claflin School, which was built in the 1860s as the first school for African Americans in Muscogee County.

The group hopes that by restoring the school, they can also give a boost to the surrounding community as well.

“What we want to do with Claflin as we restore it, we want to galvanize the community to take a look at what we can do to build accountability in our educational system,” said Rev. Richard Jessie, executive director of Friends of Claflin Inc. “How can we build accountability in our political system? How can we build accountability in our economic system?”

A recent evaluation determined buildings are structurally sound but badly in need of repair.

$10.5 million is needed to complete the project, with $1.5 million of that by the end of this year.

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