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In a few buildings that used to be retail stores in bygone years in downtown Port Gibson is the sprawling complex collectively known as Mississippi Cultural Crossroads. In a few buildings that used to be retail stores in bygone years in downtown Port Gibson is the sprawling complex collectively known as Mississippi Cultural Crossroads.
And over the years, the offerings at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads has spread out to include a lot of things for the young people of the area. And over the years, the offerings at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads has spread out to include a lot of things for the young people of the area.
"She recognized there was a rich history of quilting in this community and she kind of gathered ladies together," "She recognized there was a rich history of quilting in this community and she kind of gathered ladies together,"
There's all sorts of after school activities and Saturday art, plus a brand new photography class starting up right now. There's all sorts of after school activities and Saturday art, plus a brand new photography class starting up right now.
PORT GIBSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It has been said the two most important things we can give our children are roots, and wings. The Cultural Crossroads organization in Port Gibson has been doing that not only for the children in that area, but for the whole community.      

In a few buildings that used to be retail stores in bygone years in downtown Port Gibson is the sprawling complex collectively known as Mississippi Cultural Crossroads. The impetus for all of this, was quilting.

Pattie Crosby started Mississippi Cultural Crossroads back in the 70s primarily as a gathering place for some very talented people she discovered in the Claiborne County area.  

"She recognized there was a rich history of quilting in this community and she kind of gathered ladies together," said Felicia Harried, President of Mississippi Cultural Crossroads. "They enjoyed quilting together and basically she began to help them understand that it was an art form as well as practical, you know something to keep warm. And we began to value the quilting tradition.  

And over the years, the offerings at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads has spread out to include a lot of things for the young people of the area.  

We are well known for our peanut and jelly theatre we have done in the past where we take some high school-ers and put together a theatre program and travel that program around the state wherever it's requested," said Harried.

There's all sorts of after school activities and Saturday art, plus a brand new photography class starting up right now. All are educational but not in a strict sense like math and reading. But in the ‘exploring the world out beyond the county line' sense. Felicia Harried is also a product of it. She grew up coming here.  

"Having the exposure to these kinds of activities that opens your eyes to the fact that there was more than what was in our small microcosm of the world, it was just invaluable to have this kind of place that built the confidence to let you know that you can go someplace else, you can compete on another level," said Felicia.  

In other words, it gave her wings. And grounded her in the roots of our culture here in Mississippi at the same time. And as long as it remains active, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads will continue to make a difference in the lives of the people it touches.

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