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Small town tries to save Little Red Schoolhouse from rot

A community in southwestern Mississippi will try to save a building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Liberty is a former girls’ school that dates to 1853.

The Enterprise-Journal reports an architect has a plan to fight moisture that is causing the structure to rot.

Sam King with the Amite County Historical Society says the building rests on kiln-dried bricks that are crumbly, with mortar made from crushed oyster shells. Water started seeping into the building when a nearby road was built up.

King says the architect’s plan begins with bracing a sagging column, installing a drain and removing paint and plaster. King says he will ask Liberty to help improve road drainage, and the historical society could raise money for that.

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