Mason's Medical Office Named to National Register, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi   10/27/17   GCN

The medical office of longtime civil rights icon Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The designation calls attention to the professional life of a man who has been more widely recognized for his efforts in promoting civil rights, with the hallmark achievement being the 1960s wade-ins on the Biloxi beach. Mason, who was born in Jackson in 1928, died July 8, 2006.

"Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr.'s Medical Office is the embodiment of a cultural asset that connects us to an exceptional American and a pivotal time in the history of our country," said the author of the nomination, Laura Ewen Blokker, an adjunct lecturer and assistant director, Master of Preservation Studies at the Tulane School of Architecture.

Mason once called the office, which was designed in 1966 by the Biloxi firm Collins & Collins, a one-stop shop for NAACP information and voter registration, in addition to being a medical resource for the predominantly African-American community in which it was located.  Plus, anyone could find a cool drink of water there. 

Read background, see photos and read the full nomination
New resource focuses on significance of east Biloxi sites 

There's a new resource to help appreciate the rich history of Biloxi's predominantly African American community: "East Biloxi African American and Civil Rights Historic Resources Survey."

The 29-page compilation, produced by the city with funding from the National Parks Service through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, draws from a wealth of historical resources to focus attention on the "back of town"

The effort, which also included a successful initiative to see Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's medical office added to the national Register of Historic Places, actually began with a small meeting at Our Mother of Sorrows school in January and will now be a basis for future outreach programs in east Biloxi.

Read the full story and see the new compilation
Biloxi, IP hosts fire chiefs training conference

Nearly 100 fire training professionals from across the state are in town this week for the 2017 Training Chiefs Conference.

The Biloxi Fire Department is hosting the two day event that began this morning at the IP Casino Resort.
"We had a great turn out this morning at the welcome and opening ceremony," Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said.  "I even challenged the training professionals to produce individuals who are experts in their field with knowledge and experience."

The annual conference, taking place through Thursday, includes presentations on various topics and concerns fire training professionals throughout the state deal with.

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Photographic news & notes: Cemetery tour, City Council meeting

Cemetery tours:  Visitors to this year's Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours heard life stories from some of Biloxi's earliest and biggest promoters. Re-enactors in period garb gave continuous performances Tuesday evening and you can see images from the tours, clicking here

Council meeting:  Members of the Biloxi City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed special events ordinance on Nov. 14 and they are scheduled to vote at their next meeting on ordinances involving loitering and panhandling. To see images from the Tuesday night meeting, click here

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