The building, which organizers have said will serve as a hub for multicultural programming, was the site of Langston High School, Johnson City’s public African-American high school from 1893 until the school system was integrated in 1965.
Renovations to the old high school began in late 2018. The building was previously used as a maintenance facility for the Johnson City School System and fell into disrepair over the years, with broken window panes, leaks and asbestos.
Adam Dickson, the supervisor of the Langston Center, said in September the new facility will focus on three areas: Community arts, education and leadership. He also wants the center to help adults foster strong leadership skills and work with high schoolers to ensure they’re on track for post-secondary education and employment.