Austin to consider buying Montopolis Negro School, creating museum


The Austin City Council will soon decide whether to try to buy and preserve the Montopolis Negro School, potentially resolving a long-running debate over the fate of the historic property.

A proposed resolution on the council’s Sept. 28 agenda would direct city staffers to “negotiate acquisition of the property” and prepare a plan to restore the now-empty schoolhouse “as a historic asset and museum that would attract tourists and convention delegates.”

The resolution also specifies this would be done with hotel taxes, a portion of which the council recently diverted from Austin Convention Center and Visit Austin operations to make available instead for historic preservation efforts.

“The Montopolis Negro School is, to many of us in this community, invaluable — and its cultural and historical significance, undeniable,” Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria said in a statement Thursday.

Read the full story at mystatesman.com to find out what the developer and community advocates say about the idea.



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