POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar performing arts facility was officially opened in Poplarville Tuesday night. A concert by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra began the inaugural season at the new Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College.
The estate of the late Mrs. Brownstone, a Pearl River County native, provided millions of dollars for its construction.
Future events will include lectures and other concerts.
"To see it go from the plans on the paper to the actual facility is remarkable," said Archie Rawls, chairman of Fine Arts/Communication at PRCC and director of the Brownstone Center. "It really has exceeded all our expectations," he said.
"It's wonderful to see her honored in such as way," said Sandra Holden Thomas, niece of Ethel Holden Brownstone. "She was beautiful and generous and she really believed in higher education," she said.
A ribbon-cutting was held prior to the concert.