Keeping History Alive

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Published on December 6, 2006 at 12:38 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you for sharing the pictures on your website. I am currently chairpersons of the Meridian Redevelopment Authority, a City of Meridian urban renewal board. As a 12-13 year old black member of the community I can vividly recall climbing the stairs of the Fielder and Brooks Building to get to the Community center upstairs.

    We are currently engaged in an effort to create a signicant memorial for Mickey, James, Andrew and all of the COFO workers of Freedom Summer. If you have kept up with Meridian you will know that several attempts have been made to do this over the last 40 years. All have ended with more or less nothing being accomplished. The first of these were led by the late Jackie Robinson. Several isssues seemed to have derailed it before Mr Robinson’s death. Another local group has raised money for such a project for the last 37 years but as yet nothing has become of that effort. hopefully the current effortw will evolve into an appropriate memorial which can teach us about the past and bring the community and our nation together, “hand in hand” as the song implored

    When i first visited your site there were several more pictures that don’t seem to be loading on my computer today.They are very important as they show the black business district of Meridian in its latter days before intergration. Your pictures as a group are the best i have ever seen of the period.

    Again thank you for sharing them.

    Billy C. Beal

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