Plans to Rebuild Camille Memorial - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/12/06

Plans to Rebuild Camille Memorial

Biloxi's Episcopal Church of the Redeemer has deep roots in South Mississippi. The renowned church has been around for generations and Jefferson Davis was a member. After Camille, the church's bell tower was all that was left standing. Thirty-six years later, Katrina destroyed nearly everything on the church property, but the Camille Memorial remains. Though the memorial is battered church leaders have plans for it and other parts of the church property.

Volunteers from as far away as Hollywood, California joined local workers to clean the grounds were the Church of the Redeemer once stood.

Church member Jim Wheeler says, "We are a rock solid part of this community, and we want people to know that we do still care about this property."

D'iberville steel worker Ron Edwards has been digging out muck embedded in the Camille Memorial. He made a monumental discovery. "We found another piece to one of the pieces that had the names on it, so I'm sure that means something to somebody somewhere," Edwards says.

Church leaders hope to restore the Camille Memorial, but nothing has been set in stone yet. Father Harold Roberts says, "It's our intention at this stage to keep the Memorial here and to fix it up." Besides restoring the Camille Memorial, Father Roberts would like to mount the salvaged historic bell on the floor of what used to be the bell tower, and use the remaining steel girders of the church as an open door chapel.

Roberts says, "I am trying to encourage the congregation to look at just planting grass and leaving it as open sacred space, and people again can come there for quiet."

Plans for where the church will rebuild remain up in the air as do final plans for the church's beach front property.

If you'd like to make a donation to help restore the Camille Memorial, call (228) 436-3123.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:51:55 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:53:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:43:09 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:35:34 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>
  • Sheriff: Drugs, dogs seized from George Co. fighting ring

    Sheriff: Drugs, dogs seized from George Co. fighting ring

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:24:21 GMT
    An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly