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Renovations begin on historic W. Tenn. school

Associated Press

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. - Renovations are beginning on a historic schoolhouse in West Tennessee that was once attended by singer Tina Turner.

The Jackson Sun reports the Delta Heritage Center is overseeing the restoration process for Flag Grove School.

The group says it will use $150,000 in donations to restore the school, which was built in 1889 and was originally an African-American subscription school. It closed in the 1960s.

The school building was moved in 2012 from Nutbush, which is Turner's hometown, to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

When the restoration is completed, the school will house memorabilia from Turner's career as well as historical information about the education provided by the school.

Former pupil Lollie Mann, who attended third through sixth grade in the 1940s, says she is looking forward to the finished renovations.

"The school is something that I can take my grandchildren (and great-grandchildren) to," she said. "There is a lot of history out here."

Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, said crews are expected to repair and replace missing floors, boards, windows and doors on the schoolhouse. She said renovations are expected to be completed by the end of September, in time for the annual Tina Turner Heritage Days celebration.

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Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com

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