Friends of Historic Claflin Sign Lease With City, Start New Fundraising Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Friends of Historic Claflin officially signed its lease with the City of Columbus today.

They also kicked off their new social media fundraising campaign.

Claflin is known for being the first African-American school in Columbus and this group of concerned citizens is working to make sure the community preserves its history.

Friends of Historic Claflin hope to raise $10.5 million to renovate the former Claflin school. They hope to raise all that money through their new PEERS plan.

PEERS is their new social media fundraising plan.

They hope to reach local, national, and international support to save the former school.

Representatives officially signed the lease with the city so they could start making moves to raise money and renovate the city’s first African-American school.

Rev. Richard Jessie has been working to make this a reality for a long time.

“It means that the work that has been done in the past year and a half has not been in vain and we are getting really close to realizing a holistic educational complex in the form of Claflin School.”

85% of fundraising money will go to the restoration of the building.

The rest will go to administrative and on-going development.

The group hopes to raise $1.5 million dollars in 2016 and eventually $10.5 million dollars.

If you would like to donate to the Friends of Historic Claflin go to

You can also send checks or money orders to The FHC for PEERS, P.O. Box 5231, Columbus, GA 31906.


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