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February 26, 2014

So close, yet so far away

Restorer of school used by blacks during segregation hopes to complete the project by end of the year but needs about $44,000 to finish

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“He would take us to Fort Worth, come back and go to work, then leave and pick us up in the afternoon,” George said.

In 1950, an addition was added to the building – Wilson Hall, named after the superintendent. The hall, donated by Fort Wolters, was used to house grades seven, eight and nine, and expanded the facility to three rooms.

Last June, a series of windows was placed inside the old wooden structure, a gift from DGB Glass Inc., in Aledo, with an approximate value of $23,000.

Others have also stepped up to forward the project, including Morrison Supply Company, which provided A/C work, Lightfoot Mechanicals for installation of the units, and funding for two A/C units by PRO VISION Digital Surveillance.

One of the keys to the project has been the work of those involved in the Parker County Community Learning Center, which acts as a way for young adults involved in the juvenile system to learn job skills and stay out of trouble, a means of working – literally – to turn their lives around. George gives much credit to CLC construction manager David Maisel and the CLC workers for bringing the project to its current point. The work is provided through a grant obtained by the City of Weatherford.

George said the city has offered to take over the project at any point and complete it, but George says his intent is to complete the project before turning it over. He has given himself a deadline of the end of this year and hopes to turn the property over to the city this time next year.

“I don't want any tax dollars being used,” said George of hopes to complete the work using donations, whether cash contributions or donations of materials and labor.

George told the historical group he hoped they could help the property receive historical landmark designation. He said he is currently working with the Parker County Historical Society to apply for and receive such a designation.

To get involved with project or make a donation, contact George at 817-304-3519.

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