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Gladys Knight funding renovation of abandoned school

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Feb 10, 2014 | 7:46am EST

Soul songstress Gladys 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 (£53,125) for the segregation-era school in Canton, North Carolina and are raising funds to turn it into a public recreation centre. Editors at TMZ.com report Knight and McDowell are now helping to raise the estimated $2 million (£1.25 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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