Biloxi Celebrates History Of City Hall

BILOXI (WLOX) -- The city of Biloxi is marking an important milestone. Monday, residents and dignitaries came out for the celebration of the 100-year-old City Hall building.

"The history of this building goes back to when it was a courthouse, a post office and a customs house," said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.

These days the three story Italian marble building serves as Biloxi's City Hall.

"Every decision that's made in this building effects somebody's life in Biloxi," said the mayor.

More than 60 years ago, the building played an important role in the life of Marjorie Craft.

"I remember coming here to do my mailings to England. It was a little post office," Craft said.

It was also the place where the now 88-year-old-woman received her certificate of naturalization. The British war bride moved to the coast with her husband who became a flight engineer at Keesler. But when he was away, she had goals she wanted to achieve, which led her to the historic Biloxi building.

"I decided to get my citizenship so I could travel more freely and also vote and many privileges that the country offered," said Craft.

Six decades later, the England native and her husband still call Biloxi home. And she says for her, the history goes beyond these brick walls.

"It's the people. They were just good people. And that's why I like it here and enjoyed it here," Craft said.

As city leaders prepare to renovate the historic building. People from around the coast will continue to embrace the building's splendor that is rich in fortitude and history.

Mayor A.J. Holloway says architects are still working on plans to renovate City Hall. Those plans will include minor changes like resurfacing the back of the building, replacing windows, and renovations to the third floor. The Mayor says work should begin early next year.