History

History of the Noxubee County Public Library


Erected in 1907 as the county jail, this three-storied brick structure was built in the Romanesque style of architecture. It was used as a place of incarceration for seventy years before being abandoned.

In 1982 a group of interested citizens began a fund-raising project to restore the property and to have the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and to be declared a Mississippi Landmark, both distinctions insuring a protected status.

With donations ranging from fifty cents to $10,000, the citizens were able to raise $106,000. This qualified the project for matching funds through an LSCA grant. The entire project, at a total restoration cost of $216,000, was completed in 1984.

Since its rededication, this library has won numerous awards, including:

  • 1984 Award of Merit for Adaptive Restoration from the Mississippi Historical Society
  • 1990 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Included in the publication LIBRARY: The DRAMA WITHIN, which featured forty-six outstanding libraries of the world.









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