Art, Preservation, and an Old Jail in McComb

We had the honor of being visited by Brian Little and Perry Davis if the online travelouge, Mississippi Obscura. They we taking a trip through southwest Mississippi and spent a great amount of time and put in a lot of thought about our jail conversion project. Check out a couple of observations, and read the whole piece on their website linked below.

Over the next couple weeks, we’ll slide up and down the southern stretch of I-55, covering spots in Lincoln and Pike. But with our sincerest Mississippi hospitality, allow us to invite all 82 counties to learn from a project in McComb tonight. Because I figure this touches at the core of what Mississippi Obscura has become… A call to unite our state in our most common of bonds, our collective obligation to tend to that which our ancestors have passed on to us. And such filled the bulk of a two-day discussion on our weekend trip to southwest Mississippi: Together, we all face the assessment that will prove our generation’s worth… Preservation.


You see, this last weekend offered an invitation for us to witness a unique restoration project that didn’t just tug, it yanked at my heartstrings… And it did so in the most uncomfortable way. Those of you who’ve followed us for any amount of time know I taught middle school for many years. I’ve hung around eighth graders so much I often think like a thirteen-year-old boy before I remind myself to respond like an adult. So consider this as we stroll through the old Pike County Juvenile Holding Center this evening…

Read the full story at Mississippi Obscura.

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