Overview of Wechsler School Renovation

Where are we now?

The Wechsler school building was the first brick school built in the state of Mississippi for Black students using public funds. The facility was built in three stages. The original (built-in 1894), an addition in 1914, and the final addition in 1951. Our intent is to provide restoration beginning with the 1951 annex because it is in the best shape. Originally, we wanted to secure the facility by adding new windows and doors. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History required us to replace the roof on the 1951 portion first. We have installed a new roof on the 1951 portion of the building and we have placed a firewall between the 1951 addition and the 1894 building.

While seeking funds for renovation and restoration, we strive to maintain an active presence in the Meridian community. Even though we’re not able to utilize our school fully,
we still provide programs and activities for the community. With funding assistance from The Riley Foundation, The Phil Hardin Foundation, and others we have sponsored several
events such as:

  • Bringing the Tuskegee Airmen plane and exhibit to Meridian

  • Dr. John Hunt, Professor of Science and Tech. from Mississippi College for Science Fun Day.

  • The Emmitt Till Play at the Temple Theater. 

  • The George Stinney Play at the Temple Theater.

  • Wechsler Day is on the third Saturday of October each year.

  • Annual Free Breakfast and Toy Giveaway, the third Saturday of December.