JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary was a stronghold in Jacksonville's black community but for the past 12 years it has sat empty, falling apart, and sitting on a toxic site.
Finally it is being transformed.
"I can say it," said Rhonda Addo. "At last it has been a long time coming."
Three weeks ago the dump trucks and other heavy equipment rolled onto the campus of the aging school to begin removing the toxic soil.
"The city has made good on the remediation they're cleaning up the land," said Addo.
Like several other locations on the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville, the Bethune site was a dumping ground for contaminated incinerator ash from the 40s to the 60s.
The clean up is simple the crews are excavating and replacing two feet of dirt from affected areas.