In West Baltimore, a once-segregated elementary school is in the process of converting into Justice Thurgood Marshall Amenity Center. This aging structure will soon become a place with different cultural activities and programs. The 150-year-old building is receiving a makeover to honor the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who went to the school in 1914.
Enhancing a Local Landmark
Fortunately, many people in the African American community remember the landmark structure as Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School. Abandoned since the 1990s, the two-story building recently withstood a fire that almost destroyed it. In particular, Dr. Alvin Hathaway, who has spent his whole life serving his church and the community after years of pastoring the Reverend, contributes to community revitalization. He mentions that the structure is not done serving the Upton neighborhood despite its crumbling exterior. He is willing to go beyond to save one of Baltimore’s most historic schools. Thus, converting it into the Justice Thurgood Marshall Amenity Center.
Mahogany, Inc. Oversees the Preservation Project
With the assistance of a handpicked team, the CEO of Mahogany Construction, Jeff Hargrave, is among the handful of people assigned to oversee the project. Besides the federal, state, and local tax credits, the preservation project triggered financial support. So, plans for the landmark building involve converting it into an interactive space with several exhibits, like job placement, legal support services, and a recreation of the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings campaign office. Moreover, Dr. Hathaway says the Justice Thurgood Marshall Amenity Center will open next year, 2024. The plans are currently underway to make the building a national landmark.
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