Annual Wechsler Day held on Saturday

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MERIDIAN, Mississippi (WTOK) – The annual Wechsler Day was held at the Historic Wechsler School on Saturday to restore the facility.

Wechsler Day is an event that the foundation organizes every year in October. It is to educate the youth of its rich history.

“The significance is that this was the first public brick school built in the state for black students with public money. The community eventually went to the poles and actually voted to build a brick school building for the Negros as they were called at the time, ”said Wechsler Foundation President Edward Lynch.

It was built in 1894 at 30th Avenue and 14th Street. The building has been reconstructed and remodeled several times since then. The organizers said they were working on the restoration of the building.

“We put out a tender to complete the entire 1951 installation. Before covid, we expected that we could do this for around $ 800,000, which we had to collect most of that. money. We had an offer opening last Thursday, and we’re now short about $ 1,000,000 in post-covid dollars. My belief is that if the Wechsler building is restored it will increase the full value of the property in this community. if property value increases in this community, it is happening all over Meridian, ”said Lynch.

2 times super bowl champion and 4 times pro bowler Lawrence Pillers was the special guest of the event.

“It’s a historic building for me. I just want to come and help support this. Hopefully we can get this school back up and running so that it is good for young people in this environment so that they know about this educational building, ”Pillers said.

The Wechsler School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and designated a Mississippi Monument in 1993.

The school was named after Rabbi Judah Wechsler of the Beth Israel congregation, who had led an initiative to fund the school.

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