- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - The Gautier City Council has given approval for its grant coordinator to apply for state funds to continue restoration of the historic West Pascagoula Colored School.

The Mississippi Press reports (https://bit.ly/1peGSMq ) the $240,000 Community Heritage Preservation grant is handled by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. A local match of $60,000 is required.

The former schoolhouse was built in 1921 by patrons of the school as one-room school for Gautier’s African-American children and was used as a school until 1946. Later it was used as a community center and voting place.

It was designated as a Mississippi Landmark by MDAH in 2012 noting its historical and architectural significance. The city received a CHP grant of $80,000 last year with a required $20,000 match to stabilize the building.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com

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