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Gladys Knight funds renovation of abandoned school

Gladys Knight funds renovation of abandoned school

SAVING A SCHOOL: Gladys Knight performs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casinos Hard Rock Live on Nov. 22 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo: Associated Press/ Jeff Daly Invision

Soul songstress Glady 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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