Lawrenceville, Gwinnett partner to preserve Hooper-Renwick School site

This view of the new themed library at the former Hooper-Renwick School shows a view of the new museum addition and original school building. (Courtesy City of Lawrenceville)

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This view of the new themed library at the former Hooper-Renwick School shows a view of the new museum addition and original school building. (Courtesy City of Lawrenceville)

Lawrenceville and Gwinnett have entered into a creative agreement to create the first themed library in the Southeast. The project, at the site of the former Hooper-Renwick School, 56 Neal Blvd., will preserve and honor the legacy of the county’s first African-American public school.

The approximately 25,000 square foot facility, part of the Gwinnett County Public Library system, will incorporate architectural design elements, artifacts and exhibits about the school’s history.

“The new library will encourage people of today to learn about the history of segregation and desegregation in Gwinnett County through the stories, accomplishments and personal items from people who attended the Hooper-Renwick School in years past,” said Gwinnett District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque.

Gwinnett will use SPLOST funds to cover construction costs and Lawrenceville will provide the 3.8 acres at no cost. Both will fund the construction and operation of the exhibits. Gwinnett will maintain responsibility for management of the new facility.

The existing Lawrenceville branch at 1001 Lawrenceville, Highway will be used for administrative offices.