50 years after closing, future uncertain for Attucks High School

There is hope a local Illinois school with roots back to segregation could be given new life.

Thousands of people drive by Attucks High School every day, and most never even know it’s there. For Milton McDaniel Sr., it will always be a special place.

"Attucks was not just a school of learning for education, but it was also a place to go and get morals," said McDaniel.

The city of Carbondale has owned the property for the past decade, but Mayor Mike Henry says they have been unable to restore the historic high school.

"In better financial times we might have more options, but our options are becoming limited with what we can do there," said Henry.

Though the doors at Attucks have been closed for 50 years, now McDaniel and Henry say they see promise in the property.

"I would still like that building to become Attucks Community Multi-Cultural Center, housing anyone of any religion, color, creed would be welcome to come in and set up an office and bring that building back to life," said McDaniel.

"I’d like to see it preserved with its history, but it may be what we have to do is preserve the history," said Henry.

After spending thousands of dollars on new windows and a new roof, McDaniel and Henry agree that demolishing the school is not an option.

If you are interested in donating for renovations on the old Attucks High School you can contact Milton McDaniel Sr. at 618-924-7912.

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