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Historic school moved to new location

Darlene Crow Ayers (Source: WAVE 3 News) Darlene Crow Ayers (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tammy Ott (Source: WAVE 3 News) Tammy Ott (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lee Wilburn (Source: WAVE 3 News) Lee Wilburn (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - If you lived in Bullitt County before 1956 and you were black the only school you were allowed to go to was Bowman Valley School.

For those students their experience at the school is filled with pride and success.

Segregation is an ugly part of American history but watching people of all races come together to save the little school spoke volumes for where we've come and hopefully where we are going.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Historically black Bullitt County school house to be relocated]

The wheels of progress turn slowly.

“Seemed like a long time on paper. It seemed like a long time and a lot of meetings,” said former Boman Valley School student Darlene Crow Ayers.

And a lot of money to move the last remaining intact African-American school house in this region. One of only a few left in the nation.

“It's been a rough road,” said Tammy Ott, a supporter of the school. “It's costing $16,000 to move it.”

[PREVIOUS STORY: Former students fight to save segregation era school building]

In 1985, the Mt. Washington Historical Society led a successful campaign to move and restore Woodsdale School for White Students. But the African-American two room school house built a full century ago had nowhere to go until the seven group committee of Bullitt County residents made enough noise and enough money to move it to the same plot of land that holds its historical counterpart.

“If we don't preserve history it goes away,” said Ayers.

After hearing the history of the school and the dilemma the school was in Bullitt County businessman Lee Wilburn gave the project the final push down the road by donating the funds, planning and man power needed to move it to its new home.

“It's something that's gonna last. We'll get the school rebuilt,” he said. “That building wouldn't have made it through the winter I don't think.”

After 59 years of segregation and hundreds of students Ayers said of the school, “Bowman Valley's part of Bullitt County History and it should be right here by the Board of Education.”

“Sometimes you get the opportunity to do the right thing and this is the right thing,” said Ott.

The school may be in place but funds to restore the school are not.

Find out how to donate time, service or money and learn more on the project, click here.

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