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Final Farewell

People from one historic community said their final goodbyes on Saturday. Families from the Meadow Park neighborhood held a farewell fellowship.

The families were relocated after The Mississippi Department of Transportation finalized its plans to build a new access road; however, moving on is proving to be difficult for people throughout the community.  

105 years of memories and now more than 30 families can no longer call Meadow Park Home.

"We're losing it, but we're blessed," said Gloria Bradshaw-James.

MDOT will build a new access road that will run through Meadow Park which is also known as Rosin Yard.

Gloria Bradshaw's family is just one of many forced to move and even though this mother is sad about leaving her extended family, she believes MDOT's decision answered many prayers.

"Some people are living in brand new houses that they never had, and that's dear to their hearts right now," James said.

Linda Sue Clemons lived in her home for 56 years. She says even though MDOT told the community about the plans several years ago t's still hard to say goodbye.

"I really cry every night thinking about this house," Clemons said.

Her home and the church where many families worshiped will all come down in a matter of months.  Even though she now lives in a bigger and better place, she says it still doesn't ease the pain.

"It's nice, but where is your heart? My heart is at 3106 28th Street. It's gonna take time," Clemons said.

Many of the residents relocated to the Orange Grove area. St. John Baptist Church has plans to rebuild on Dedeaux Road.

By Elise Roberts

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