STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Students, community leaders and artists are celebrating Stone County history. The celebration runs from downtown Wiggins to Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston.
If you walk into the Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins, you'll see a colorful quilt hanging in the lobby. It features 12 panels, each depicting an aspect of Stone County's history and culture.
An interesting group came together to create this fabric art.
"Each team had an artist, a community leader and a high school student. They met, planned and decided what they wanted to celebrate," said Katherine Lewis, who helped spearhead the project.
It was quite an experience for ninth graders from Stone County High School. During the course of researching the area and participating in the creation of the quilt, they learned quite a bit.
"They said they didn't know about this place we call home," Lewis said.
On Jan. 27, the quilt will be moved from the courthouse over to the Gulf Coast Community College campus in Perkinston. There will be a big celebration to mark the opening of a Community Arts Center on campus.
An old dairy barn on campus was renovated and turned into the art center, which will host future art exhibits featuring area history.
"We're bringing the arts into the community to tell the story of who we are, where we've been and where we're going," said Sandra Cassibry, from MGCCC.