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franklin county times

Wechsler: Revitalizing a community treasure

By By Chris Allen Baker/staff writer
Feb. 11, 2002
In the days before school integration, Callie Cole, Jesse Brewster and Roosevelt Mosley were three of many children who received their formal educations at Wechsler School in Meridian.
Now, more than 30 years later, the trio is at the center of a group helping to restore the block-sized campus at 15th Street and 30th Avenue which former students affectionately simply refer to as "Wechsler."
Cole, Brewster and Mosley met with The Meridian Star editorial board to discuss how two matching grants awarded by the state will be used to transform Wechsler into a cultural arts and community center.
They say the community's help is needed to raise $77,000 in matching funds.
Brewster said their group has received grants from the Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi State Arts Council.
Public support is critical, Cole said.
Some parts of the campus could be used as an adult living complex to ease demands for adequate housing, Brewster said.
Mosley said an alumni room is also planned.
Organizers hope the campus can become a place for community events, and a starting place for tours of the city.
Cole reflected on fond memories of her alma mater where music appreciation and culture were part of the curriculum.
Brewster noted the contributions of former Wechsler Principal Jenny Ruth Scott.
Community effort
Mosley stated it simply.