Gladys Knight Funding Renovation Of Abandoned School

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February 10, 2014 | 11:20am EST

Soul songstress Gladys Knight is contributing thousands of dollars of her own money towards a project to save an abandoned North Carolina school where her mother once worked.
The Midnight Train To Georgia hitmaker and her husband Billy McDowell have reportedly paid $85,000 for the segregation-era school in Canton, North Carolina and are raising funds to turn it into a public recreation center.
Editors at TMZ.com report Knight and McDowell are now helping to raise the estimated $2 million renovation cost and the couple hope the project will help to preserve the community’s history.
Knight’s mother worked at the school as a janitor but the building has been remained unused since the 1950s when schools in the area were integrated.

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