d o c o m o m o l o u i s i a n a is a regional chapter of an international committee dedicated to the

documentation and conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Petition to Save Phillis Wheatley School

Wheatley listed on World Monuments Fund Watch 2010

Dear friends,

On behalf of DOCOMOMO US/ Louisiana I ask you to consider signing an online petition to save the historic modern Phillis Wheatley Elementary School which is threatened with demolition. This petition was started by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc. PML spoke passionately at Friday's hearing before the Historic District Landmarks Commission in defense of her alma mater, "If you tear down my school, a part of me dies with it."

After an hour of reviewing the school's architectural and historic significance, the Recovery School District's defense of their desire to demolish, and public comments, the commissioners moved to a vote.  Commissioner Stephen Peychaud made a motion in support of demolition, which was seconded by Commissioner Emilio Dupre. The motion only received three votes and did not pass. The City Council will review the RSD's request to demolish the Wheatley School soon.

We hope to gather more than 2000 signatures and present the petition to Mayor Landrieu before the City Council review.

I'm so very grateful to Phyllis for coming forward and reminding me that there is still Hope.
This is truly our midnight hour. Please sign the petition and forward to your friends.


Sincerely yours,

Francine Stock

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