University of Alabama Students Help Restore Historic Landmark in Marion

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  Students from the University of Alabama are helping to restore a historic landmark in Perry County.

The students are renovating a portion of one of the buildings at the Lincoln Normal School in Marion. Lincoln was one of the first institutions established to educate African Americans after the Civil War.

Students and staff from U-A have been in Perry County working on more than a dozen community service projects over the past two weeks.

"I really like to see tangible efforts in my work, like to be able to see a room that, you know, is just completely falling apart, and dusty, and moldy, and then two or three days later it'll look completely brand new," said UA student and Project Coordinator Ben Burkeen.

The Lincoln Normal School was a forerunner to Alabama State University in Montgomery.

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