The Wechsler House was Founded in1894 as the first brick building in The State of Mississippi that was built from the ground up for African-Americans through public funding.
Today, more than forty students from the Meridian Freedom Project learned about the history of the building and participated in a community service project.
“It takes a long time to clean buildings and to make sure you get every part of dust, so you don’t have to go back over it again.” Said Gregory Melton 11th grade student.
Each student was assigned a cleaning task around or inside the building.
“I helped sweep the auditorium inside, I helped get some chairs, just starting off with the basics nothing serious.” Said Gregory Melton 11th grade student
Gregory Melton says he was impressed by the history of the building.
“I’ve always known that it was a historical building here in Meridian, I now have more respect for it.” Said Melton.
Now they are doing their part to help contribute by cleaning up.
“History like this, I hate that it’s just put away, I hate that it’s not being kept up because this was the first black school for black children in Mississippi." Said Ethan Wright, 11th grade student.
Tours are still a regular practice at the site.
"We’ll be conducting tours here at the Wechsler Foundation during the Mississippi picnic, but it was an excellent opportunity for the youth to come out and learn a little bit about the history of Meridian and the history about the Wechsler School and the Wechsler Foundation." Said Greg Moore, director of Wechsler Foundation.
And students say they also feel good about doing a good deed in their community.
“It has made me feel better knowing that this place is going to get the treatment that it deserves, it’s going to take some time, but it will get there." Said Gregory Melton, 11th grade student.