history

New exhibit on historic beach wade-ins

Historians say the wade-ins that broke out right on the beaches of Biloxi started the Civil Rights movement for Mississippi. A brand new exhibit at the Biloxi Public Library goes in depth about the battles that led to the desegregation…

Wade-In Remembrance: Live Report

News 25's Laurene Callander tells us about the Wade-In Remembrance to night at the Dr. Frank Community Center on Howard Ave at 5:30 pm.

Gulf Coast trees being used to restore Mayflower II

Another live oak tree was cut down today to be used in the restoration of the Mayflower II, a reproduction of the boat that transported the pilgrims to America in 1620. Yesterday, crews from Mystic Seaport and Plymouth Plantation cut…

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Ceremony at Beauvoir

The tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the ceremony that surrounds it in Washington D.C. is one of the more humbling sights anyone can take in. This weekend, a similar ceremony will be coming to the Coast. Beauvoir is set…

A Wave of History at Bicentennial Flag Exhibit

Celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial is just one year long party. A group of ninth graders from Resurrection High School were taking their shoes off to get a hands-on experience with our state history in Pascagoula today. The first U.S. flag ever…

Pascagoula Cemetery Tour

Every year on the Thursday before Halloween, figures from Pascagoula’s past come back to life to tell tales from their time. This is all part of the city’s annual haunted cemetery tour. The tour normally takes place at Krebs Cemetery,…

Haunted Cemetery Tour

The Coast is rich in history. Some of that history is coming back to life at the Old Biloxi Cemetery tonight as the annual Haunted Tour wraps up. As the sun sinks, the spirits rise at the Old Biloxi Cemetery.…

Meet the Mayors of Old

A Biloxi cemetery is coming alive with history and well-known city characters who have since passed, including 17 Biloxi mayors who are buried there. News 25’s Hank Davis ventured out to the Old Biloxi Cemetery and has the details.

Ceremony in Honor of Tuskegee Airmen

A Tuskegee Airmen and hero, Colonel Lawrence E. Robert’s name is in the hearts of many, especially those who were at a ceremony in Gulfport today. Roberts was a legacy of the first African-American military aviators in the United States…

Pirates Headed to the Bay

Hopefully no one will be walking the plank, but this weekend the pirates are headed to the bay. Starting Thursday night, the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse will be holding their third annual Pirate Day. Events range in everything from…

Proposed Development Concerns Biloxi Residents

A proposed hotel development has some residents in a historic neighborhood in Biloxi up in arms. As News 25’s Kristen Durand reports, homeowners on Seal Avenue say they’re not against progress. They just hope new developments in their neighborhood will…

The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-In Memorial

The Biloxi Beach wade-ins are described as one of South Mississippi’s most significant Civil Rights events. News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us inside a ceremony in Biloxi dedicated to the brave individuals who fought for equality along the Gulf shore.…

The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-In Memorial

A memorial ceremony is taking place in Biloxi to pay tribute to survivors of the Biloxi Beach wade-in Civil Rights protests. News 25’s Kendra Turley joins us from the Gruich Community Center with an inside look.

City of Biloxi Hosting Civil Rights Program

The City of Biloxi is remembering the men, women and children who stood up for Civil Rights on Biloxi Beach in the late 1900's. The May Preservation Series continues, this week paying a tribute to those who fought to desegregate…

Ocean Springs Weekend of Discovery Begins

It’s that time of year again, a celebration of Ocean Springs and a historical look at how it came to be. For the first time, the annual Weekend of Discovery festivities started at the Ocean Springs Community Center. It started…

History of Baseball on the Coast

Buy some peanuts and cracker jacks, in 1906 the first professional baseball team called South Mississippi home. That’s according to Gary Higginbotham, a sports history freelancer who presented the history and research of baseball on the Gulf Coast to the…

Remembering the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins

May 14th, 1959 began a series of wade-ins on Biloxi Beach that would eventually lead to racial equality on the Mississippi shoreline. Today, Clemon Jimerson, a man who was just 14 at the time he participated in the movement, told…

Third Annual Maritime Museum Meeting

Celebrating Mississippi’s maritime heritage is why folks gathered tonight at the maritime museum’s third annual membership meeting. Governor Phil Bryant delivered the key note address and attendees heard the annual report of Mississippi’s Maritime Museum that’s in the works. Right…

Gulf Coast Culture and Heritage Day

Members of Leadership Gulf Coast have a better idea of the area’s rich history of culture after activities in Biloxi. It was a day devoted to the Coast’s culture and heritage, enjoyed by 38 people who were all part of…

Confederate History Month

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation declaring April "Confederate Heritage Month" in the state, which comes amid a controversial debate over removing the confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The proclamation, signed Feb. 10th, does not appear on…

A Fresh Face on History

Visitors who pay a visit to some of Biloxi’s historical landmarks will get a fresh take on the city’s history. Some new markers, complete with color pictures and paragraphs explaining the significance of each location, can be found around Biloxi.…

Bloody Sunday Trip Adding Bus

Due to popular demand, the Moss Point Visionary Circle has decided to add a second bus to their sixth annual Bloody Sunday trip. There were already 50 Moss Point High School students signed up to attend the group’s trip to…

Sixth Annual Bloody Sunday March in Selma, Alabama

Imagine taking the same footsteps as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did back in 1965 at the iconic march in Selma, Alabama. Over 50 Moss Point High School students and residents are making that dream a reality thanks to the…

Author Releases Book on the Black Barber

It’s an inside look at how the African-American barber played an important role in other black Americans settling across our country. “Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom” is the newest book by USM history professor Dr.…