On Monday, September 12, 1921, with W.H. Jones as its Principal, Eureka School opened its doors to African American students in grades 1 – 12 in what was said to be the second modern, brick facility in Mississippi for the education of African Americans. Serving students from 1921 to 1987, Eureka School educated thousands of African Americans from Hattiesburg.
Eureka’s Centennial Celebration will kick-off on August 19th with the Legacy of Love Exhibit, named after Grace and Mary Elise Love, a mother and daughter, who were both educators in Hattiesburg in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Both women taught at Eureka School at some point in their careers. Grace Love, taught in Hattiesburg public schools for more than 50 years, and her daughter, Mary Elise Love, taught in Hattiesburg public schools for 41 years. The Legacy of Love Exhibit will feature handwritten letters, photographs, a Eureka High School Diploma, certificates, drawings, and lesson plans created and shared between the two women.
The opening reception for the Legacy of Love Exhibit on August 19, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Eureka School and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and the program with include guest speakers and entertainment. There is no fee to attend this event. The Legacy of Love Exhibit will be open to the public August 20 through September 30 on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.