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Historic school house renovated in Canton, Missouri

A piece of Lewis County history now brought back to life.

The Lincoln School House was the first and only black school in Canton, Missouri. From its construction in 1880 until the school system was integrated in 1956, the one room school house taught grades one through eight.

After $5,000 of donated money and countless hours of construction, the building was opened on Friday for an open house with members of the community and former students able to look back at the historic school house.

“It’s quite a thing to be here because I never expected it to withstand the floods and so forth over the years,” said Walter Richardson Jr., former Lincoln School student. “This building has been here a long time. It was here when I got here. Just to see this happen, it’s quite a thing.”

The building is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

If you missed Friday’s open house, organizers say you can contact Canton City Hall to schedule a tour.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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