Newberry, SC (WLTX) - A piece of history sits old and tattered in one Midlands community, and they're asking for your help to fix it.

The Hannah Rosenwald School was once the only place for African-American children to get an education in that area. Deborah Moon Pitts, a community member heading up the efforts to restore the building, says she feels it’s their responsibility.

“I've seen this school all my life,” Pitts said. “All my life, and that's 51 years. And to just look at it continue to go down, I would feel like we have not done our part in our community.”

Eighty-eight year old Mower Williams, who attended the school in the 1930’s-1940’s, says he used to walk two miles from home to go to the school. He says he’d like to see it preserved for the generations to come.

“So I can show my great grans where I went to school at,” Williams said. “It meant a whole lot to me, Professor Rikard is the one who got me to where I wanted to be something or do something for myself. That's the reason I'd like to see it remodeled.”

Pitts says help doesn’t only mean in monetary form.

“We need help,” Pitts said. “We need advice in terms of fundraising so we can get started and work and make sure that we can preserve this history here.”

She says they could also use help in the cleanup and construction.

If you’d like to help, you can call Deborah Pitts at 803-940-0880 or email her at You can also call Brenda Pitts at 803-924-3896.

PHOTOS: Hannah Rosenwald House in Newberry