This is the Wechsler School. The first publicly funded, brick school for African-Americans in Mississippi. The school closed over 30 years ago, but that hasn’t slowed down supporters from keeping this building’s memory alive.
“Right now, the Wechsler School, the building itself is the last standing building that reflects the heritage of the African-American community here in Meridian,” said Eugene Boger, board member of the Wechsler Foundation.
The 5th Annual Wechsler Day & Homecoming pulls together the community to bring awareness towards restoration efforts of the historic site. Some of the biggest events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and an all-out parade, led by music star and Meridian native, Big K.R.I.T.
“Between playing basketball, we played football at the top. My grandmother was actually the person that used to hold the key for anybody that would do anything in the building. Like I literally grew up right across the street,” said Big K.R.I.T..
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