The Merritt Community Complex (not to be confused with the Rosenwald School) are the buildings behind the Rosenwald School and the 29 acres of surrounding land.

Thanks to Mayor Mildred Whittington and town council, substantial funds have been raised for the renovation of parts of this complex including having a Health Center, a Boys & Girls Club and more.

To help renovate other parts of this complex, a team of community members and leaders have assembled to help transform this shuttered campus into a vibrant community complex for health, education, recreation and jobs.

This team received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and their Citizens Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) program. Architectural design grants like this are very rare. We are blessed to get this opportunity as a huge step forward for the Merritt Community Complex transformation.

Many of you reading this may have seen our community survey that went out to schools, churches and through door-to-door canvassing. Why did we do this? Because, to design this complex to meet the needs, desires and dreams of our community, we’ve got to know what those are. Thank you to all who participated!

We have been working with the architects since summer, and now the time is drawing near for them to visit us from Washington DC and get input and feedback from our community.

WHERE: The Life Center in Midway 100 Orum St

WHEN: December 5th starting at 12:30 PM and going through the afternoon into early evening for FOOD, FEEDBACK & FUN … and December 7th starting at 5:00 PM for an evening of INSPIRATION, CELEBRATION & THANKSGIVING.

WHAT: This workshop will be full of active participation among us and the architects. The architects will present their preliminary presentation and rough drawings based on what our team has been providing them so far (blueprints, community mapping, survey results, and visioning). During the workshop we will be actively participating in the creation process, providing input and feedback. Using this input from all of us, the architects will go back to their studio and work on our DESIGN BOOK creating professional architectural drawings that paint a vivid vision of our dreams and desires for the Merritt Community Complex. This book will be presented to us in February and will open magical doors for our whole community.

HOW: We have been given funds through the grant to create a special workshop event. We need many committees to form immediately for such tasks as 1) Creating the space; 2) Working with Food Caterers; 3) Fun & Entertainment; 4) Children’s Activities; 5) Gifts & Prizes; 6) Inspiration & Connection.

If you would like to help create this event, please reply immediately. Call or text Dorie at 615-445-9969 or send an email to: We are assembling together this Sunday, November 14th from 3:00-5:00 PM at The Life Center for our on- site planning meeting.

Would you like to attend our COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOP in December? If so, you must RSVP online at to receive your free entry ticket.

The Merritt Community Complex Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. For more information, please visit

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