Historic Claflin School gets new life with affordable housing, kickoff jubilee

The historic Claflin School sat vacant and decayed along Fifth Avenue in Columbus for years.

The school, once a beacon in the community, is finally getting a new life.

 

 

“I’m just grateful God allowed this building to stand. It could have been destroyed. It was headed towards destruction. Now we are headed towards a whole new phase,” Richard Jessie, executive director of restoration.

Established in 1868, Claflin School was the county’s first-ever school for African Americans.

“We want Claflin to do for us today what it did for this community 150 years ago. We are excited about this process we are going through now,” said Jessie.

Plans are finally moving forward for the historic Claflin school on the 5th Ave. near Uptown Columbus.

“Forty-four affordable apartment units are planned for the property, which will include eighteen new units in the former schoolyard area–also with access to education, reading programs, free health screenings and many more resources,” says Reverend Richard Jessie.

News Leader 9 and Chattahoochee Valley Weekend are giving you an inside look and bringing you up to speed on plans for the rejuvenation to the school.

 

Check out a full list of events for the week to come below:

Saturday, Sept. 22

Uptown Parade

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Begins at the Historic Claflin School and ends at the Liberty Theater

 

Sunday, Sept. 23

Worship at New Testament Christian Center Church at 10:00 a.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 24

Community Education and P.E.E.R.S. Training

New Testament Christian Center Church

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Community Education and P.E.E.R.S. Training

New Testament Christian Center Church

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 27

Closeout Jubilee Banquet

New Testament Christian Center Church

7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Former Friends of Historic Claflin President and Columbus City Councilor John House

(Tickets are $45)

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