MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Wechsler Foundation has been working for years to restore the old Wechsler School in Meridian to its former glory, and that hard work began to pay off Wednesday.
Construction has begun in a 10-phase program aimed at renovating the building and making it a viable part of the community. The first step is repairing the roof. The repairs are being done from an $85,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and $20,000 matched by the foundation. Board members say it's important to preserve the first brick building for African-American students built with public funding.
"Like so many other buildings that are important to the African-American community, they're no longer in function or in existence at all," said Greg Moore with the Wechsler Foundation. "This is really the last mainstay of the black community."
The school was originally founded in 1894.