The historic Wechsler School in Meridian is in line for some major improvements, thanks to half a million dollars in federal grant money.
The Wechsler Foundation, which aims to rehabilitate the 1951 school building for virtual field trips where students can learn about the Civil Rights era in the Meridian area, has been approved for a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced on Tuesday.
Improvements to the building, the first brick public school built for African-American children in east Mississippi, include renovation of the auditorium and dining hall/multipurpose room, new mechanical and electrical systems.
The grant is one of four approved under the African American Civil Rights Grants Program. The others include $499,534 for the Phoenix Naval Stores Office in Gulfport; $284,000 for the Isaiah T. Montgomery House in Mound Bayou; and $50,000 for the Marks Mule Train and MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Interpretive Trail in Marks.