Hattiesburg High students working on special project

Hattiesburg High students working on special project
Students working on special project with Mayor Dupree. Photo credit WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at Hattiesburg High School are working on a project centered on the school's integration. The school integrated in the early 1970s, and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree was one of the first African-American students to attend.

"It was a turning of the page," DuPree said. "We had gone so long as a community and a school system that was segregated."

The University of Southern Mississippi is working with the students to archive the project.

"The university actually came to us with the idea, and we, as students of Hattiesburg High School, felt it was our duty to share it with the community, and to open it up to anyone else who wanted to share their story," said Sharee Thomas, Hattiesburg High senior.

The students have been working on the project since November and have interviewed multiple people, including DuPree.

"It's really about discovering those people we may have known, but never really knew the impact they had in the community," Thomas said.

DuPree said, "I think it's always good to tell the story, so people know where they come from."