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Off the Clock - Celebrating Homer, and a Historic Building 'Reclaimed' In Centralia

Sidney Steele
Centralia business owners Callie and Brad Page hope the historic St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church will serve as a gathering place for the community.

On campuses across mid-Missouri students and faculty are wrapping up the semester, and on this edition of Off the Clock we visit a unique end-of-term tradition hosted by MU's Ancient Mediterranean Studies department: The Homer-athon. It's a celebration of "The Iliad," in multiple languages, and KBIA's Olivia Love captured the languages and the sounds of the recent 25th annual Homer-athon, on May 10th. 

And in Centralia, Missouri, the St. John African Methodeist Episcopal Church has been a part of the Centralia community since the late 1800s. It was a thriving African-American church until membership declined,  services stopped, and the building stood empty. Callie and Brad Page bought the site to repurpose as a storefront for their business, Reclaimed, which makes furniture out of barnwood. After a year of renovations, the Pages hope the business will be a place for the Centralia community to come together, while honoring and preserving the building's historic legacy in the community. KBIA's Sidney Steele attended the opening of Reclaimed, and filed this audio postcard featuring music by local singer-songwriter Darrel Lewis.

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The historic St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Centralia, Mo.