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Updated: 7/08/2013 4:57 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE Fla.-- After 15 years of being vacant, St. Benedict the Moor School is getting some attention.

A local group wants to restore the important piece of Black and Native American history that is falling apart.

"It kind of gives you a hurting feeling knowing it's completely being vacant and not serving any purpose whatsoever," said Thomas Jackson with the Friends of St. Benedict.

In the mid 1900s, the school served more than 100 students.  It broke new ground as one of the first in northeast Florida for African Americans and Native Americans.

Jackson and the Friends of St. Benedict want to restore the building to its original glory and transform it into a museum to preserve Lincolnville history. 

"Basically the insides would need to be gutted and replaced," said Jackson.

The cost is between $300-400,000, but those who want to save it say the school that helped so many deserves to have the favor returned.

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