Wechsler Awareness Day parade, festival set for Saturday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Wechsler Awareness Day is Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., complete with a parade from Meridian Public Schools' central office to the historic school.

Wechsler is the first brick public school built with public money for African-American children. It was built in 1894 at 30th Avenue and 14th Street.

The school was named in honor of Rabbi Judah Wechsler of Congregation Beth Israel, who had led an initiative to get the school funded. Wechsler School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1993.

The Meridian 13-year-old World Series All Stars will be honored as Grand Marshals of parade.

The parade will be followed by a festival that includes food, vendors, and music. The festival concludes at 4 p.m.