Flagg Grove School

3 May 2014
The restoration of the Flag Grove School, Tina Turner's former school, is going very well.
"We've come a long way with restoration of the Flagg Grove School. It's looking good and excited about sharing the finished results in September."
Here is a photo from how it is at the moment.

Renovation Flaggrove School 2014

12 April 2014
Here are some photos of the renovation of the Flagg Grove School. It is looking so much better already!
Thanks Stepen M.Evans for the photos!

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31 Jan. 2014
Here is a personal message from Tina Turner:
"I would like to personally thank Brownsville Mayor Jo Matherne and Sonia Outlaw-Clark and her team at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center for their endless support", says Turner "and of course Joe and Pam Stephens, without their donation of the school, this would not have been possible. I also want to recognize all the donations, both public and private, from fans, friends, and associates on this project which is very close to my heart".


"Tina Turner contributes to Flagg Grove School project

With restoration underway, the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn., is excited to announce Tina Turner’s contributions to the Flagg Grove School project.
Turner has been involved with the project since her childhood school was moved in 2012, including a sizable donation towards the restoration by the Queen of Rock herself. This donation is in addition to the recent campaign to match a $75,000 donation by local attorney Pat Mann Jr. and his wife, Ann.
In a recent statement by Turner, she expressed thanks to the community for their participation and involvement in the restoration.

"I would like to personally thank Brownsville Mayor Jo Matherne and Sonia Outlaw-Clark and her team at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center for their endless support", says Turner "and of course Joe and Pam Stephens, without their donation of the school, this would not have been possible. I also want to recognize all the donations, both public and private, from fans, friends, and associates on this project which is very close to my heart".

Turner is fully supportive of the project and happy to be able to give back to her community. In addition to a generous monetary donation towards the restoration of the school, she will be providing all the memorabilia, display cases, gold record awards and stage costumes from her long career. Concert videos will also be showing in the school. All of which will become part of the school’s interpretive exhibit."

20 Jan. 2014
Yesterday they started with the restoration of the Flagg Grove School, Tina Turner's former school. "The weather has finally let us get started on the school. Leveling the floor is in process."

Restoration Flagg Grove School

Here is an article about it and a video.


Restoration Begins On Tina Turner's Elementary School
By Erica WIlliams
BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. --Two years and more than $150,000 later, construction began on the Flag Grove School where Tina Turner started her education.

"It's so much fun to actually see things happening," Sonia-Outlaw Clark, Director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center said.
She remembered when the restoration was just a thought. Since then hundreds of citizens have donated and raised close to 200 thousand dollars. On Monday, construction workers begin fixing the outside of the school, originally built in the 1940's.

"It's part of our heritage and part of our past," Outlaw-Clark said.
Construction for the outside could last up to six weeks, and after that, organizers said they will begin working on the inside.
They say they hope to have everything completed by September.

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