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Gladys Knight

Best Thing That Ever Happened

To Abandoned NC School

2/10/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Gladys Knight
is sinking a ton of her own cash into a $2 million project to save a North Carolina landmark -- a segregation era all Black school -- with ties to her family ... TMZ has learned.

Gladys tells TMZ she and her husband Billy McDowell are converting the abandoned building in Canton, NC ... where Billy's mother worked as a janitor. It's been sitting empty since the early 50s when schools were integrated there.   

Gladys and Billy are renovating the old school into a shiny new public rec center -- and already spent $85,000 just to buy the building ... but hope this will help keep the history of the community alive. 

They tell us they're actively raising funds to pay for the all upgrades ... which they estimate will cost a total of $2 mil.

That's what friends are for ... 

32 COMMENTS

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1801    

This is an awesome project. I wish everyone involved great success with it.

152 days ago
2.

joy    

What a great story. Good intentions

152 days ago
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Ray8    

Great for them! Maybe she can do a couple of benefit concerts to raise part of the money.

152 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

Gladys Knight..............SHE IS SOOO BEAUTIFUL, MONEY DOES BUY LOOKS............AGAIN I'M KING OF BLIND

152 days ago
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INTHEZONE    

i thought she was dead

152 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Midnight train to North Carolina

152 days ago
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Onward    

I can promise you that schools in Canton, NC were not integrated in the early 50s. I think you're off by a decade or two.

152 days ago
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myopinion    

Great job Glady's and hubby! You go girl you got you a younger man.

152 days ago
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Ladygoodman    

To bad she couldn't sink that kind of money in one of the rural schools that is actually open and running. I live here and they are horrible.

152 days ago
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nick    

Nice to see a good story hope no one trolls this one

152 days ago
11.

JP    

So, no white folks allowed! Call the White house!

152 days ago
12.

anya2u    

What a waste of money ! M'thinks that money would be much better spent on the schools the kids are attending today. No doubt they really need it.

151 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

I wish them well. And shame on the NC county officials and neighborhood who have allowed an empty ugly building to remain standing since the 50s.

151 days ago
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bryan251980    

That's what friends are you is dionne warwick not gladys knight

151 days ago
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spock    

that's great. when she marry laurence fishburne ? she looks great and not all of fat either. chaka thinned down too

151 days ago
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