$125,000 OK'd for slave quarters restoration

August 27, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson

The Columbia Association board of directors has approved $125,000 in additional funds for the restoration of the Woodlawn Slave Quarters.

During Thursday's board meeting, the panel unanimously approved the funds for the quarters, adding to $100,000 the association already had allocated.

Believed to date to the 1700s, the Woodlawn Slave Quarters is on CA property off Bendix Road. Last year, the association created the Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force to recommend ways to restore the decaying structure.

"The funds will put the stone walls back up and the roof back to stabilize it before the winter," said Pearl Atkinson-Stewart, CA board member for Owen Brown and chairwoman of the task force, saying the construction will make the structure safe for people to enter. "We were informed that it would not last through another winter because it's so fragile," she said.

The task force is also seeking county and state funds to help with the restoration. It has been reported that extensive restoration of the quarters -- adding windows, a fireplace and repairing the second floor -- would cost about $316,000. When reconstruction is complete, the task force has suggested that the slave quarters be used for educational activities.

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