Meridian High School Drum Line rivals the JSU Sonic Boom at Wechsler School event.
The Loss of Historic African American Landmarks
The Demolition of the COFO Building in 2014
In 1964 the building served as the office for the Council of Federated Organizations. During that time it was a one stop shop, which brought together the resources of four prominent civil rights groups. The three civil rights workers who were killed in neighboring Neshoba County that year, even worked out of this office. Within the last year alone, there were a number of efforts trying to restore the building. With it now deemed as unsafe, city officials say its historical significance will be preserved.
Wechsler Family Fun Day Event
Patrice Moncell Gathright & The Truth on Stage. Games, Basketball, Horseshoes, Tours of Wechsler.School displays from T.J. Harris, Middleton, Baptist Seminary St. Joseph Catholic School, etc. Kids entertainment by Pep-Up-Step-Up, stage plays & skits.Food & Fun for the whole family to enjoy.
There will be food, music, and family oriented activities such as a three on three basket ball tournament, music, dance teams, mimes and skits directed by professional director, Kyna Jones an a tour of the Wechsler Building. All are invited for more information call Greg Moore at (601) 485-8723.
Interior and National Park Service Announces $500,000 in Grants to Preserve the Wechsler School an African American Civil Rights History Landmark
Congress appropriated funding for the African American Civil Rights Grants Program in 2016 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars. For the second year of this grants program, Congress increased funding from $8 million to $13 million in 2017.
Grant-supported projects include surveys and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, architectural services, historic structure reports, planning, and physical preservation.
School Tee- Shirt Fundraiser: Coming Soon
All shirts $18.00 each on min orders
Soon you can order your school tee shirt online, sizes are SM, MED, LG, XLG, to XXLG
Wechsler, Middlton. T.J. Harris High, Meridian High, Camile Sreet, Baptist Seminary, St. Joseph , etc.
10 shirt minimum for custom orders
Ribbons in the Sky Fundraiser: Coming Soon
Ribbons Printed with name and school $25.00 each or $90.00 per diamond (set of four)
You can help the Wechsler Foundation by adding your name to celing tile permanently placed into the ceiling of the Wechsler auditorium. You can fill out a simple order form and your tile will be created and the location will be sent to you. All historically black schools are encouraged to get their order in soon to keep them in one location. You may place your order online or call Greg Moore at (601) 485-8723.
The Wechsler Musum and Gift Shop: Coming Soon
The Wechsler Musuem will contain an array of cultural and ethnic fine art produced by local artist and artifacts of historically black schools such as Middleton, T.J. Harris and St. Joseph. You will marvel at the perspectives of the artist as the heart felt emotion is placed on sculpture and on canvas. You will develop a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation for the differences we all can contribute to this great nation. Images of musical artist, sports heroes, leaders, sculptures and words of encouragement and inspiration. The goal of The Gallery of Hope is to inspire good will and tolerance, promote justice, remind us where we have been in history, define where we are going , promote family values, revive our sense of direction and responsibility to our family, our community and our God.
Council Heritage Brunch and Chair Campaign
The Council of Organizations, Inc. held its 2nd Annual Heritage Brunch August 30, 2014. The event kicked off with an address by Jerry Mitchell, investigative reporter for the Clarion Ledger. His courageous efforts ensured that unpunished murders from the Civil Rights era were finally prosecuted: Medgar Evers’ Ku Klux Klan member Byron de la Beckwith; Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers for ordering the fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer; Bobby Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls, and of Edgar Ray Killen for helping to orchestrate the 1964 deaths of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman Freedom Summer workers here in Meridian who were killed in Neshoba County, Mississippi
The Heritage emphasis was a kick off of “Save Wechsler.” Wechsler (Melba Clark, Greg Moore and Arthur Jernigan); Meridian High (Donna Finley Robinson); St. Joseph (Adrian Mosley and Ida b. Tomblin; Middleton (Amanda Carter); Baptist Seminary (Martha Ross); and T.J.. Harris (JoAnn Hooper) had tables set up with memorabilia and historical information. Each highlighted important facts and statistics about the alma mater as displayed. See Yooutube http://youtu.be/lEAlTlsWeTY