Historic COFO building demolished due to structural problems
Published: April 22,2014
Tags: Andrew Goodman, City of Meridian, civil rights, COFO Building, Council of Federated Organizations, culture, demolition, Fielder and Brooks Building, history, James Chaney, Meridian Hostoric Preservation Commission, Michael Schwerner, Percy Bland
MERIDIAN — A building in Meridian that once served as a gathering point for those working to register blacks to vote and planning of civil rights activities in East Mississippi in the 1960s has been torn down.
The Meridian Historic Preservation Commission and property owners authorized the demolition because of severe structural problems. It was demolished over the weekend.
It is now called the Fielder and Brooks Building. In the ’60s it was called the COFO Building, for the Council of Federated Organizations. COFO was a coalition of national and regional groups active during the civil rights era.
Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney worked with COFO before they were killed in Neshoba County in 1964.
Meridian Mayor Percy Bland says the city will memorialize the site in some way.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Ridgeland property rights tussle is expected to have wide impact
- Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season
- JOSH MABUS — Mississippi’s Healthcare: Not a quality problem, a marketing problem
- Mississippi takes an incentives licking, keeps on ticking
- Investors in Northbrook complex say Ridgeland targeting its own collateral for demolition
- AWAITING ITS FATE: Gables complex may have to shrink to meet law
- PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?
- HUNTER ARNOLD: Mississippi, Gulf Coast states focus on global business markets
- Mississippi furniture makers on rebound with more exports