Save the Historic Harrington School by Dannie Davis
Published Saturday, December 24th 2016 by Russ Bynum AP
Campaign to Restore the Historic Harrington Graded School
Restoring the last African American schoolhouse on St Simons Island, Georgia to provide a community cultural center within a thirteen acre public park to tell the story of Gullah Geechee heritage from freedom through the civil rights.
WHAT’S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED (2010-2016)
- Stabilized historic building
- Hired Historic Preservation Architect and Contractor
- Held community Charette on use of restored building
- Replaced new roof
- Removed exterior asbestos siding
- Repaired Foundation, Sills and Walls
- Replaced Exterior Siding
- Repaired Interior Floors
- Repaired or Replaced Windows, Doors and Porches
- Removed non-historic kitchen and bath
- Removed interior partition
- Exterior Painting
- Site Work
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO (2016-2017)
- HVAC and Insulation
- Repairs to Interior Ceiling and Walls
- Interior Painting
- Install blackboards
- Complete ADA Ramp and Back Porch to tie into trails and parking at Harrington Community Park (currently under development by Glynn County)
BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN TO COMPLETE THE INTERIOR (Fall 2016)
- Plans ready to implement (provided by Patrick Phelps, Hansen Architects).
- Greg Jacobs (Landmark Preservation) ready to continue project management.
- The Friends of Harrington School and SSAAHC are seeking tax deductible donations from individuals and groups including organizations, churches, and companies who can donate in-kind services, hands-on volunteers or grants.
- Tasks will be completed as funds are raised in this one-time capital campaign.
By BRITTANY TATE The Brunswick News | Posted: Friday, June 3, 2016 12:00 am
Sweetgrass basket weaving demonstrations will be available during the Georgia Sea Island Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday, the quiet grounds of Gascoigne Bluff Park, under the mossy live oaks dotting its grove, will be abuzz with voices of Georgia’s Sea Islands’ yesteryears, weaving together a concert of ring shouts, folk music and contemporary jazz, soul and R&B with the saga of the coastal barrier islands’ cultural experiences and history.
As part of the Georgia Sea Island Festival, set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on St. Simons Island, the free two-day event remains a time-honored festival dedicated to celebrating African and African-American history and the heritage, language and culture of the Gullah Geechee people, said festival coordinator Emory Rooks.
“This is a way to celebrate African-Americans and the Gullah Geechee heritage through our food, dancing, entertainment, and arts and crafts,” Rooks said, who is also a member of Friends of Harrington School.