Historic Eureka School Celebrates Centennial (1921-2021)

On Monday, September 12, 1921, with W.H. Jones as its Principal, Eureka University opened its doorways to African American pupils in grades 1 – 12 in what was said to be the next modern, brick facility in Mississippi for the training of African People in america.  Serving pupils from 1921 to 1987, Eureka Faculty educated 1000’s of African Individuals from Hattiesburg.  

The Historic Eureka College will host a Centennial Celebration with quite a few situations taking position in each August and September.  

“As I reminisce on the Historic Eureka University, and glimpse ahead to this possibility to honor Eureka’s Centennial Celebration, a single slogan comes to brain,” mentioned Cora Coleman EUROHA President, “‘A past to keep in mind, a existing to celebrate, and a potential to make!’”

Eureka’s Centennial Celebration kicked-off on August 19th with the Legacy of Like Show, named just after Grace and Mary Elise Love. Both females, mother and daughter, taught at Eureka College at some level in their professions. Grace taught in Hattiesburg general public faculties for extra than 50 yrs, and her daughter, Mary, for 41 several years.  

The Legacy of Enjoy Show attributes handwritten letters, photos, a Eureka Higher University Diploma, certificates, drawings and lesson strategies established and shared amongst the two gals.  

The Legacy of Adore Show will be open up to the community as a result of September 30 on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Additional gatherings getting held in the course of the Centennial Celebration incorporate the Eureka University Open Property on August 28 at 10:00 a.m., exactly where former Eureka Faculty personnel and students will be obtainable to share their favored recollections or tales about the faculty.  

On September 13, at 10:00 a.m., Teacakes and Discussion will be held so that center school and large school students will have the option to chat with Eureka alumni about their encounters at the faculty. Both of those of these gatherings are open up to the community and there is no cost to attend.

Stephanie Hoze, co-chair of EUROHA Schooling Committee and its previous president, claimed the adhering to about the approaching Centennial Celebration, “As we celebrate Eureka’s important and robust 100th Calendar year Anniversary, we honor her for inspiring and main generations of learners with the will and bravery to be successful!”

All functions for the Historic Eureka School’s Centennial Celebration will acquire put at 410 E. Sixth Street in Hattiesburg.  

The Historic Eureka College Centennial Celebration is brought to you by the Sixth Street Museum District in partnership with the EUROHA Alumni Affiliation.

Historic Eureka College Timeline

1918 – A pink-body faculty setting up on East 6th Street serves as a faculty for African American pupils.

1920 – A bond difficulty for $75,000 is passed to build a new school setting up.

September 1921 – With W.H. Jones as its principal, Eureka Faculty opens its doors. Eureka was a union faculty, housing African American pupils in grades 1 – 12 from 1921-1949. 

As several who attended Eureka have mentioned, “Eureka was not only a union college, it was the unifying ingredient and most important educational and social source of the African American neighborhood all through that time period.”

1940 – Enrollment reaches 800, and the football group goes undefeated for the second consecutive year. 

1947 – Enrollment reaches 1400.

1950 – Royal Road Superior College (later on Rowan High College) is developed for African American college students, and Eureka gets an elementary and junior substantial university.

1958 – W. H. Jones Junior Significant opens.  Eureka then becomes an elementary faculty for grades 1st – 6th. Strategies are permitted for additions and renovations.

1987 – Underneath the approval of a new desegregation system for elementary educational facilities, Eureka School closed. It became a Neighborhood Instruction Center under the course of Clara Weathersby. A portion of the room at Eureka was devoted to the sole use of EURO the Eureka-Royal Avenue -Rowan Alumni Association.  

Mid-1990s – The Group Education Center shut, but other academic businesses these kinds of as Support, an adult schooling and literacy method, and a laptop schooling system ongoing to work.

Late-1990s – The EURO Alumni Affiliation funded the 1st adaptive reuse strategy for the making. 

July 14, 2005 – MS Office of Archives and Heritage designates the school as a point out landmark that serves as a focal issue of background and heritage for African People in america in the Hattiesburg group.

2006 – The Hattiesburg Conference Commission, in settlement with the Hattiesburg Community School District, will take possession of Eureka and starts strategies for renovations.

February 2013 – A twister destroys portions of the Eureka roof, resulting in main injury.  Renovations are delayed.

2018 – Renovations on Eureka Faculty are done and a ribbon chopping is held.

2019 to current – With the restoration of the Historic Eureka School comprehensive, strategies proceed with its revival as a museum.  The Historic Eureka University Museum will chronicle African American heritage and tradition and the Civil Rights Movement, especially highlighting the routines of Liberty Summer 1964.