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Letter-Greensville County Training School Update

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Luncheon will be served after each Wednesday Noon Service for a small donation.

March 27 - 12 Noon First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Rick Hurst

April 3 12 - Noon Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Doretha Allen

April 10 - 12 Noon St. Richard’s Catholic Church Rev. Tom Durrance

April 18 - 7 pm Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Rev. Harry Zeiders

April 19 - 11 am Calvary Baptist Church (Radio Baptist) Various Pastors and Leaders Hour of Prayer

The offering: we have given two $500 scholarships to seniors in the past. We will contact these two students and if they are still at their schools with passing grades, we will give them another $500 each and any money above $1000.00 we be given to Thomas Family Boots On the Ground Outreach.

Editor, Emporia News

Efforts are under way to establish an appropriate memorial garden/park on the site of the former Greensville County Training School at the intersection of Ruffin and Halifax Streets.

Three separate fund-raising projects are in the works and will be announced in the near future. One would allow donors to honor those of their choosing with engraved bricks and other on-site memorials.

Architects working on a pro bono basis have already drawn a conceptual design for the project.

The Emporia City Council recently delayed implementation of an earlier plan to finalize demolition of the remains on the site, agreeing to allow a new Special Project Committee a year to plan and begin to implement improvements to the site. 

The Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School voted in September to allow Marva Dunn to select persons to serve on the committee, and to serve as its chairperson.

Initially, three additional persons were added to the committee and have met several times. They are McKinley Jordan, President of Citizens United; Clarence Wells, a local historian; and myself. Others are in the process of being added to the committee.

We are appreciative of City Council members and other city officials considering our most recent presentation and agreeing to grant us additional time to develop it. Their positive comments regarding the work we have initiated and their unanimous approval of our request were encouraging.

Information regarding our initial fund-raising plans and implementation of the various phases of development will be forthcoming. We invite those who may have an interest in working with the committee on this project to contact any committee member.   

Keith Mitchell

Special Project Committee member     

Emporia News

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