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Pinson School House Gets Makeover

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. - Pinson Ruritan members said rebuilding the old historical Pinson school house this past year has been a long journey for many.

Now they are surprised volunteers are still putting in their efforts to save a little piece of history.

Taking a look at the progress, Ruritan club member Jerry Ellis told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the building looks almost as good as new.

The building, damaged in a thunderstorm last year, is coming together.

Workers tore down the damaged front wing, but were able to save the original windows and front door on the new structure.

Ellis said volunteers cleaned more than 3,000 bricks pulled from the damaged areas so that they could be relaid.

"We came in here and we were just determined," said Jerry Ellis, Ruritan member.

There is a new addition that is being added. Joe McCormick spends his weekends painting an eight-foot mural of the memories in the reconstructed area. McCormick, who is one of the last graduates in the class of 1957, said the painting reflects how school rooms should be.

"I hope it brings good memories to people when they see it. To remember the school, there was a time where you didn't have to worry about somebody walking in with a gun and killing everybody. It was a happy and a free time I think." said McCormick. "I think that's generally the thing that inspired me for the whole thing is to sort of tell the story of the things I remember."

Some of the images are being painted from memory, while others were pulled from yearbooks and saved photographs.

"There is a reason why we do the things we do, and a lot of those things were taught to us by somebody who is gone now and I just don't like the idea that they should be forgotten," said McCormick.

Ellis said their progress is the testament to their community that anything can be possible when people come together.

"What you're looking at now is the progress of the impossible because people said you couldn't do it and now the end is in sight," said Ellis.

Ruritan members said they plan to place commemorative bricks in a pathway around the front of the schoolhouse. All brick proceeds go toward finishing the old Pinson school house project.

If you would like to be a part of history with a commemorative brick, call Jerry Ellis at (731) 988-5240.


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