The Historic Eureka School serves as a focal point of history and heritage for African Americans in the Hattiesburg community. When it opened in 1921, it was one of only two brick high schools for African Americans in the state.

The Eureka High School was constructed on the site of the first school in Hattiesburg for African Americans – “The red frame school on East 6th Street.” In the 1919-20 school term, a $75,000 bond issue funded the construction of a new building for grades 1 through 12.

Future Plans

With the restoration of the Historic Eureka School complete, plans continue with its transformation into a museum. The Historic Eureka School Museum will chronicle the Hattiesburg area’s African American heritage and culture and the Civil Rights Movement, particularly highlighting the activities of Freedom Summer 1964.

Searching for Memorabilia

We are always seeking artifacts for the future Historic Eureka School Museum. If you have items including photos, ephemera, or any historical items you think might be pertinent in telling the story of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, including the time periods leading up to, and following this period, please contact:

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