By Timmy Odejimi
BLEAK pictures have revealed the desolate remains of an elementary school that has been abandoned for more than thirty years.
The haunting images show what’s left of the red-brick building as ceilings have caved in and rubble is strewn across the classroom floors.
Other eerie pictures show a range of children characters hand-drawn around the school’s walls leading to the auditorium.
These striking photographs were taken in Zebulon elementary school in Zebulon, Pike County, USA by urban explorer, Abandoned Southeast, on a Canon DSLR and Tamron wide angle lens.
“This is a small town six-room Elementary school dating back to the 1920s,” he said.
“There is an ongoing effort by the Town of Zebulon to save this old school. They are working to raise the funding necessary to preserve the building for future generations.
“However, due to decades of neglect and suffering tornado damage in 2011, time is running out on saving this historic structure.”
Zebulon elementary school opened on September 13, 1926 and closed thirty-five years later in June, 1961.
This deserted school building was discovered by the photographer, who was exploring online and could take the amazing images with the permission of the town council.
The Neoclassical building was later sold to local development authority, Zebulon Downtown Development Authority, for a mere $1.
Despite being bought by the local development authority, the school was used as a storage and maintenance space for the local county until 2009.
Incredibly, Abandoned Southeast could gain access to the run-down school building which hasn’t been used in thirty years.
“The town of Zebulon, Georgia gave me access to the building in order to photograph it.
“I love to find what is left behind and capture the natural decay of a building.
“I want people to appreciate the past and learn about the history around them.
“People are usually amazed by these types of abandoned photos,” he said.