LURAY, Va. (WHSV) — Work is underway to convert the old Andrew Jackson School in Luray into a recreation center.
Audre King, who grew up in Luray, is leading the project. After moving away, he had an urge to return and give back.
King says the building, built in 1923 on W. Main Street in Luray, served as a school for African-American children in Page County before integration. It has since been a church, civic center and storage space.
Over the years, the building has slowly fallen into disrepair.
"We could have went and built [something else], we could have done [it] another way, but I thought it was very important to take a portion of Luray's past and bring it into the future," said King. "So it shows where we came from, but it also shows where we're going."
King says they are still trying to raise money for the more than $100,000 project. He is also forming a non-profit organization called Living Legacy that will manage the new space, which will have senior activities, entertainment opportunities, a business center and a separate gym facility.
The main building should be complete in October 2017, with the gym area taking about two to three years to complete.