Some Worry What Will Happen to LAMP Building If School Moves to Mtgy. Mall


By Jessica Gertler

Some are worried about the future of the Loveless Academic Magnet Program school building if plans are approved to move LAMP to the old Montgomery Mall.  

The current location was once home to Montgomery's first junior and senior high for black students.

Seventy-three years ago, the first black students in Montgomery graduated high school. Their education received at Loveless School. 

"It was the first high school for blacks in Montgomery. That's what makes it historic," says Herman Harris.

Harris was among the first group of students to attend the school. He's now vice president of the alumni association.

"I think it is historic, and it should be maintained," says Harris.

A historic marker sits outside the building, which now houses Loveless Academic Magnet Program High.

Last week, Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson announced her plans of moving the magnet school into the old Montgomery Mall.

School officials say part of the building that Loveless is in is condemned.

There's been talk it could be liquidated, but no school board member would tell us what that meant nor would anyone at central office.

Harris is afraid that means it will be torn down. 

"Loveless was a black school. There's overall less concern about it," he says.

LAMP is in City Councilman David Burkette's district. And if he has any say : "it will not be liquidated. It's too much of a historic value."

Harris hopes when the school board makes their decision,  the history isn't forgotten.

Alabama News Network spoke with school board member Mary Briers. This school is in her district. She did not want to go on camera, but tells us she is in full support of Thompson's proposal.

The plans will be discussed at tomorrow's school board meeting, but board members say it could be a while before they decide the future of the building. 


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