There is a small complex of buildings on John R. Lynch Street that has worn many hats during its lifetime. These buildings have housed the Streamline Bar, Streamline Billiards, WOKJ’s first radio station office, the Kon-Tiki restaurant, various nightclubs, and, most notably, the state headquarters of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO).
Now, I won’t go into detail about COFO (feel free to read our previous post about this organization), but I will let you know that this complex of buildings has risen from the rubble–literally. The complex, in the 1990s, had become a simple shell whose floor was covered by a roof that could stand no longer. Today, efforts are underway to convert this complex into a learning space targeted towards teaching about the civil rights movement.
There will be an open house for the facility tomorrow, November 16, 2010, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the progress of the building while viewing the “Jackson Movement Exibit.” This exhibit is a pictorial history, created by Clarence Hunter of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Bruce O’Hara, professor of fine arts at Tougaloo College, that tells the story of the Jackson Movement from 1961 to 1962.
This community event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Copy of Press Release: Press Release COFO Open House (PDF)