COLUMBUS, Ga. – Some community leaders joined friends of Clafin School for what is turning into a Fourth of July tradition, an Independence Day prayer.
This is the third year they gathered around the flagpole at the Claflin School on 5th Avenue for a morning prayer. Prayers were offered for the community as a whole and particularly for children and young adults. Minister Ollie Tarver was among those in attendance. She says she walked away from this morning’s ceremony not only optimistic about the future of Columbus, but also about the restoration plans to restore the historic Claflin School
“We will restore it. It’s not our plan; it’s God’s plan. We are fulfilling His plan. We are doing what He has ordained us to do. And we thank Him, that He does not start anything and does not finish it,” said Tarver.
Claflin was the first African-American school in our area. The building is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.