PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of patriotic citizens spent their morning cleaning up the old Pascagoula High School for a good cause. The old math and science building is being transformed into a world-class Maritime Museum.
The museum group is asking for help as this project comes to life.
"We are trying to clean up the old math and science building in preparation for doing an extensive renovation, air condition, heating and cabinets," Maritime Museum President Dr. Jack Hoover said.
The Saturday cleanup was no easy task. Volunteers worked up a sweat getting rid of many unusable items left behind in the classroom and hallways that were once filled with Pascagoula students and teachers.
"A lot of this is old and rotten, and not unusable wood," said maritime member Robert Smith.
"When we first took over this building, we sold a lot of content that people in the community wanted, like auditorium chairs, countertops and cabinets, work stations and work benches. We raised about $5,000," said Smith.
Hoover said the future goal is to showcase the 300 year rich maritime history in South Mississippi by creating a $1 million world-class naval museum.
"When you think of all the ships that have been built here all these years and all the information available, we have the most fantastic maritime history," said Hoover.
These board members said it took years of hard work to get to this point, but they feel encouraged now that more people are donating their time, money and artifacts to make this project a success.
"I am so impressed with the videos, the pictures and everything we are getting already," said Hoover.
Maritime members said more help is welcomed.
"Become a member, and we can put you on committees where you can be actively participating in the vision of the museum in the future," said Smith.
If you would like to become a member or donate money, time or naval artifacts, please call the Mississippi Maritime Museum at 228-235-9236.