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Spared from demolition, 1920 black school is saved

SAVANNAH, Georgia. – A one-room schoolhouse, built in the 1920s to teach black children in St. Simons Island is making a comeback from the years of rot and neglect.

Preservationists saved the Harrington School of the planned demolition in 2010 and since then have spent about $300,000 to stabilize the deteriorating frames and leaky roof. Recently, the group of Friends of the Harrington School announced a grant award that it hopes will bring in $50,000 needed to complete the restoration of the school building for the interior.

Amy Roberts, director of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition, attended 1st and 2nd class of the school in the 1950s, when many of the black descendants of the slaves remained on the island.

Roberts says that she went “a little crazy” when the government wanted to demolish the building. She says that the restored schoolhouse is looking for “beautiful.”

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