The Sun Herald has a positive report on the efforts of the 33rd Avenue High School Alumni Association and MDAH to restore the once segregated Gulfport high school.
Categories: Demolition/Abandonment, Gulfport, Historic Preservation, Hurricane Katrina, MS Dept. of Archives and History, Recent Past, Schools
As president of the Historical Society of Gulfport, I am very interested in this preservation!
I’m sure the school alumni group that is heading up this effort would love the historical society’s support and perhaps collaboration on this project!
I was planning on having this in my next roundup . . .
Cool! I can’t wait to hear more about it.
The article may be positive, but the comments people have made on it reminds me of how far the divide still is in understanding–of both preservation and reconciliation.
Have any of you been paying attention to what is going on in Washington? Rep. Boehner and his pals are not showing the love to the poor and working class. Why are you trying to block construction of the much needed jobs training center? Gulfport needs this. Remember your high school days, but don’t hurt your children and grandchildren. Who in congress is going to vote to spend the huge sums money need to restore this runined strucure? In the mean time our children go without this resource. A lot of cities would like to have the Department of Labor put this center in their city. Don’t let this one get away.
If the Department of Labor had repaired the building after Katrina, the Job Corps Program would have been able to move back in years ago. A new building on this site would be no less costly.
If you had the full story on this issue, you would know that NEVER once did the alumni or community organizations try to Block progress for thebJob Corps. This was False information put out to the communites by The City of Gulfport and Dept of Labor who already had agendabto tear the All Black Historical bldg down.Along with the Media putting out false and misleading information. Not bothering to find out the full truth and not Fake News.
The neighborhood group isn’t trying the “stop the construction of the much needed jobs training center.” They are trying to get Jobs Corps to incorporate the two historical buildings into the plan. This group isn’t responsible for the fact that local children have gone without this resource; Job Corps is–through their negligence in leaving the property unrepaired for 6 years. If they had simply put roofs on the buildings after the storm like other government agencies, they would have been in those buildings and operating long ago. This project is a $25 million project, and there’s no reason why Job Corps should not incorporate the history of the neighborhood and the city into it.
You obviously do not understand the 2009 International Building Code. It’s not that simple.
Please enlighten us. I have yet to run in to a problem with the ’09 IBC restoring a building post Katrina.
Really? Can you give me a list of those buildings so I know to not be in them for the next hurricane.
Any building built prior to Katrina. What exactly is the issue with the ’09 IBC?
As a former job corps member @ Gulfport Job corps, i know that when the buliding was schedule to be rebuild after Katrina, The contractors ran off with the money thus forcing the Job Corps program to halt the rebuilding. Futher more, the job corps centers are operated by private companies who have to submit bids for the program. The building has history and should be saved. Find out who it is contracted to and put them on blast about where the money was allocated to restore the building went too. People are were still working there and some was paying them a salary. What I would recommend is to the citizens of the community is to start calling washington and congress to see where did your tax dollars go to.
This is. definitely. the. truth.
If the people had. open their eyes and ears and stood behind behind the alumni and other concern citizens, I believe there would be a different outcome.
The City or Dept of Labor NEVER had any concerns to protect the bldg after Katrina because they had another agenda.
The city of Gulfport uses the ’06 IBC as do most municipalities across the coast. All the buildings that are not state or federally owned have to comply with local building codes. Why would a building code stop a building from being restored?
I have discussed the task of constructing a pictorial documentary on our prospecting
High school to be compiled in a compilation of Black School in Mississippi, prior
To School desegregation (1969). I have the schools that I would like to include in the
Compilations, if your school in listed and you can put together a research group to
Complete this task, please contact me, ASAP, so I can collect and forward your (and
All) of the compilations to the publisher and his research group.
Cities we would like to research:
Clarksdale, MS Greenville, MS
Cleveland, MS Greenwood, MS
Yazoo City, MS Jim Hill (Jackson)
Lanier High (Jackson) Meridian, MS
Starkville, MS Columbus, MS
Hattiesburg, MS Laurel, MS
Picayune, MS Gulfport, MS
Grenada, MS Corinth, MS
Charleston, MS Carthage, MS
Tupelo, MS Kosciusko, MS
You can contact me @ 601-942-`739 if you are interested in being included in such an endeavor, Mose Eubanks
As a former student, it should be restored and kept.
STILL SPEAK OUT TO THE MEDIA AND SEND A BIG MESSAGE TO THE MEDIA