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Concerned group against East Texas high school demolition


In the next two weeks, A.L. Turner High School in Carthage, Texas will be demolished.

A group of concerned citizens tried to convince the Carthage City Council Monday night to not tear down the high school. That group says A.L. Turner was the only black high school in Panola County before integration. "That building has been there for over 80 years or better. It's a landmark and we're trying to save it. That's the only landmark we have in our area," says Reverend John L. Horn.

But the city says they've already signed a contract to tear it down on August 5th. The city says that school hasn't been used since the 70's and engineers estimate it would cost about $160,000 just to get rid of the mold and asbestos the building has collected over the years. "It would take lots of money. I'm quite sure it would take close to a million dollars or more to fix that building because plumbing, the electrical and everything in there needs repairing. It's in bad shape, " says Carthage City Commission Member Ida Beck.

The city of Carthage has already started looking for funding to build a new community center where the school is now.

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