Enterprise school could possibly become museum

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ENTERPRISE,ALA (WTVY) - Enterprise held a public meeting Thursday night about a plan to give a historical school building new life. There's a proposal to move the Depot Museum collections to the College Street Elementary School.

The Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society of Coffee County President Doug Bradley says the depot played a pivotal role in putting Coffee County on the map.

“The building was erected in 1903 by the railroad company when the railroad came through this area.”

He says there are so many significant historical treasures, that the Depot Museum needs more room for storage and displays.

“A judge’s bench that was in the former courthouse, photos of early Enterprise physicians, we have the original statue of the boll weevil that was damaged many years ago.”

He and other city and county leaders say the 98-year-old College Street Elementary School building might be the perfect place. Not to mention, it has its own historical significance- reportedly founded in 1919 as a 12-room school for grades one through six.

It was decommissioned by the Enterprise School Board in 2015, but this might be a way to keep the school a celebrated fixture of the city with plans that could include not just the museum, but also an auditorium for theatre and music, space for art programs and galleries, and an outdoor garden space.

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