African-American Museum finishes renovations
By Stephanie Johns
Wauline Baptiste, Vice President of the African American Museum, shared details of the museum’s recent restoration projects.
“It’s beautiful,” she said. “Everything’s so beautiful.”
She said they have had iron railings placed under the house to support the floors under two rooms. The wood floors have been refinished and the inside has been repainted throughout. They also have new blinds.
The building used to have two rooms for storage but they remade one into her office while the other remains a storage room accessed from the back porch.
They painted the porch, window trims, and shutters. Termite damage prompted them to remove the rotten wood and have a radical termite treatment done by American Pest Control.
“They’re making it look nice,” she said, adding that renovations took between three and four weeks.
She said it was “just terrible” during renovations but they are now getting everything back in place.
The Rev. Alfred Murray, former principal of Morgan County Middle School, donated the house, which was relocated in 1991 from Plainview and dedicated in 1993.
Tours are offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Printed in the November 22, 2012 edition