State gives $160k to Eureka School museum project

A Hattiesburg landmark is getting a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The Eureka School is getting $160,000 to help renovate the outside of the building.  The Hattiesburg Convention Commission has allocated an additional $500,000 this fiscal year to revitalize the former school.

Plans are underway to turn the facility into a civil rights museum.  Supporters say the former historically black school is a part of Hattiesburg's culture and should be preserved.

"This is history that's not written. It's not in the textbooks," says Convention commissioner Iola Williams. "We need to save that history because if you don't know your history you're subject to repeat the same mistakes."

Officials say it could take three to four years before all the renovations are complete.