Mississippi City Colored School awarded historical marker

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has recognized the Mississippi City Colored School as a significant part of history by awarding it an official historical marker.

Former students as well as local residents gathered at the ceremony to reveal the new historical marker placed in Gulfport where the school used to stand.

The facility was built in 1914 where students would complete the eighth grade.

The school was a popular spot for the community until it was closed in 1960 and later demolished. Former student Patricia Harvey said, “And all of these people in this community, all these families that you see gathered here. They either went to this school or their children went to this school. This was the community school and all the schools were segregated so this was the Mississippi City Colored School.”

The location is now home to a playground that is available for any child to enjoy.

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