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Alumni Association fighting to save Carver Gym

MARKED TREE (KAIT) -

The George Washington Carver Alumni Association held a town hall meeting Sunday night to discuss the Carver Gym.

The group met in the St. John Baptist Church in Marked Tree.

The gym is the only historical building left of the George Washington Carver High School and is in need of substantial work to be usable again.

According to the association president, Chestia Dial, the Marked Tree Mayor and City Council have yet to move forward with any plan of action to help restore the gym.

She said they held this meeting to help get the word out about the gym.

“We want to let them know what is really going on here and again understand why they don’t want to help us,” Dial said. “Give us something that we are proud of in our community. We want to have something in our community for our young people and the alumni association. We come here every two years and we want to have something. This is all we have left of our school.”

The vote on whether to tear down the historical building is set for Monday night at the city council meeting.

Dial and the other supporters want the gym to be restored.

She has several ideas of what she would like to see if the vote passes to save the gym.

“We are going to build this gym and make it something to be proud of,” Dial said. “And we are going to put a sign here that is going to be on the pole and that will be as tall as you can see. So, whichever way you come in to Marked Tree, the sign is going to say Carver Gym.”

Dial said the association plans to put up a strong fight to save what they consider their childhood memories. 

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