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School’s Out

By Zoe Cassell

EERIE images show inside a rotting abandoned elementary school which was closed two decades ago due to budget cuts.

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

These photographs show crumbling corridors and collapsed ceilings covered in thick grey dust witch graffiti adorned on every corner.

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

The pictures were captured by the urban explorer known only as Abandoned Southeast (32) at the desolate F.D. McArthur Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama in the States.

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

“This abandoned school has been sitting empty and neglected for the last 20 years. Today it looks like a bomb has went off inside with the busted windows and crumbling brick,” said the urban explorer.

“The building was eerily quiet.”

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

The school was originally built in 1910 and named the 17th Avenue School. It was later renamed after local attorney and Birmingham Board of Education president F.D. McArthur.

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

Sadly the elementary closed in May 1997 after budget cuts and low numbers of new students enrolling meant it could no longer survive.

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

It has since been up on the market but two deals have fallen through and the building stands derelict and destroyed.

Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com
Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

When asked about people’s reactions to Abandoned Southeast’s images he said: “They are amazed at the neglect and decline of the building.

“A once thriving city school has been left to rot.”

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

He hopes his photography gives his audience a glimpse into the past.

Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com
Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

“I got involved in photography after exploring so many abandoned places and watching them get demolished or renovated,” Abandoned Southeast added.

“I wanted to capture the places I was visiting in photos and share them with others.”

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Abandoned Southeast / mediadrumworld.com

For more information, please visit Abandoned Southeast.

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