THE TEPPER'S BUILDING
The Tepper’s Building was originally a dry goods supply store with five stories added during its
expansion, making it the largest building in downtown Selma. After being vacant for nearly 40 years, the building
was purchased by The Freedom Foundation to be used as its national headquarters. The building is currently undergoing
a multi-million dollar transformation.
Hundreds of hours of volunteer work have gone into the demolition and early restoration stages of the Tepper’s Building. Forty people split into four teams and have volunteered on weeknights and weekends after their regular jobs, according to President Gwen Brown. It's a dirty job, with volunteers demolishing old dry wall, cleaning up debris, and sawing new fixtures. In total, over 1,000 hours have gone into the demolition alone.
When the rennovations are complete, the building will bring a new face to Selma. The first floor will be home to an actual theater for RATCo's performances and a coffee/gift shop for the community and visitors. On the second floor, an international institute on non-violence training will provide alternative spring breakers and volunteers with the education they need to follow in the footsteeps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi. The third, fourth, and fifth floors will be safe spaces for kids in the community, office space, and accomodations for volunteers coming from out-of-town. The building is projected to make its grand opening in 2015.
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