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The Community Center is a chance to give back to the place where William, my husband grew up, Canton North Carolina. This won’t be just a building; it will be a centerpiece for change in Canton. It will bring the community new life and renewed vitalization. I look forward to teaching music to children and the sounds of music and laughter will continually fill the rooms and halls of that building. We invite you to be part of our vision. This is no small project, and we need your help to make Canton a better place.
Established in 2014 by William 11 Billy” McDowell and Gladys Knight, the RHS Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit organization, focusing to accomplish the conversion of the old Reynolds High School into the East Haywood County Community Center. The school building purchased by Billy and Gladys as a response to the wishes of Bi I ly’s Grandfather to return to his roots and give back to the community where he got his start in I ife (he attended the school as a chi Id). The East Haywood County Community Center will be designed to serve the needs of a diverse population of Canton, Haywood County and Western NC.

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Knight Moves
A dilapidated segregation-era high school in Canton purchased by a former student will become a ...