The Atlanta Preservation Center Received a 500K Grant to Preserve One of Atlanta’s Oldest School Buildings

$500,000 Grant for Preservation of History

The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) received a $500,000 African American Civil Rights federal grant to fund emergency maintenance on English Avenue Elementary, one of the city’s oldest school buildings. APC is the City’s private non-profit preservation organization and was founded in 1979 to promote the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings.

David Mitchell, executive director of The Atlanta Preservation Center.
David Mitchell, executive director of The Atlanta Preservation Center. (Picture by Stacey Mollenthiel/Carvd N Stone)

The History of English Avenue

English Avenue was built in 1910 and stayed open until 1995. The school was originally an all-white school called Western Heights. During the Civil Rights Movement, the school was renamed and was for Black students only. Singer Gladys Knight is an English Avenue alum.

“The more and more we preserve the easier it will be for people to tell these broader and different stories,” said David Mitchell, APC Executive Director.

English Avenue is in need of a lot of repairs like fixing the caved-in roof, the flooring, and replacing broken windows.

In December 1960 a bomb was thrown through the school window to show that everyone wasn’t in support of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board ruling.

English Avenue Elementary.
English Avenue Elementary. (Picture by Atlanta Preservation Center)

“Black history is our history,” said Mitchell about the importance of preserving.

APC are the project managers and community liaisons for the school’s maintenance. Some of APC’s current advocacy projects include the Circle Wye Railroad Junction and proposed adjacent historic district, Memorial Drive Corridor, and Judge Wilson House.

The APC wants to create a climate for preservation through education. The nonprofit has nine guided historical walking tours that raise consciousness and present the history of Atlanta to residents and visitors. The APC’s education programs introduce concepts of history, preservation, architecture, and civics to students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.

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