Groups try to save historic Elkins school

Elkins, West Virginia (AP)

Two community groups are working to restore a historic school in Elkins that once served minority students.

Riverside School was built more than a hundred years ago. It served African-American and some American Indian students until segregation was ruled illegal in the 1950s.

Riverside School Association and Youth Empowered Solutions have raised $100,000 to restore the school. They say another $400,000 is needed.

The project’s program director, Alice Sabatino, told West Virginia Public Broadcasting that the building is deteriorating. Emergency stabilization has been done to prevent it from collapsing, but more work is needed.



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