Columbia, SC (WLTX) It was a historic day at an old high school. Booker T. Washington was once the largest African American public school in the state of South Carolina.
Former Booker T. Washington students gathered here, at USC, for a dedication service in Columbia.
The University of South Carolina owns the building, and has spent the last several months renovating to honor the original students and faculty of the old school.
But for many former students this was more than just a new coat of paint and new bricks.
The Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. Former Student says, "if we can keep just a little bit of Booker T Washington alive..it will mean so much to us and i think that this today...means that Booker T Washington should forever remain alive."
The school opened in 1916, it remained the largest public black high school until 1974 after desegregation.
Renovations to the building included exposing the red brick of the original structure, adding historical memorabilia throughout the building and redoing the 500 seat lecture hall.
The building will be used for federally funded projects.