Elementary School to Become Historic Landmark

 In Charlotte Neighborhoods, Wilmore Neighborhood

Wilmore Elementary School could soon be added to Charlotte’s growing list of historical landmarks.The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission is set to vote on the matter on November 13th.

Built in 1925, this little school has been considered important to the evolution of the area, and, although it stopped hosting students in 1978, it is still owned by the city. Dan Morrill, a worker for the Historic Landmarks Commission has stated that the history of the school reflects the history of Charlotte itself, particularly in areas of race relations.

Wilmore was established in 1906 as a neighborhood exclusively for whites but, over time, began to experience a demographic transition, especially in the 1970s. However, with this transition came a reputation for being run down and distressed. In the early 2000s, people began to buy cheap properties and renovate them, restoring Wilmore to its former glory. In recent years, Wilmore has secured a historic district designation and it is currently one of Charlotte’s most popular neighborhoods. Many locals wish to add Wilmore Elementary School as a landmark to further preserve the legacy and history of the neighborhood.

To learn more about the possibility of the school’s landmark status be sure to check out the full article at charlotteobserver.com and to follow the results of the vote on November 13th.


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