Works Project Administration project No. 50,348 was approved to construct a gymnasium for the Tutwiler school. The first news item reported $20,690, scheduled to begin May 12, 1940 and employ an average of 60 workers for six months. The announcement releasing the funds following approval showed $10, 768. The Art Moderne concrete gymnasium served 196 students when constructed. When the Tutwiler school closed, the gymnasium was bought by the Baptist Church. It was demolished in January 2018 when the church could no longer afford the upkeep.
FDR Okehs 9 WPA Projects. (Feb 17, 1940). Clarion-Ledger, p. 1.
Tutwiler Gets Gym Project. (May 17, 1940). Clarion-Ledger, p. 12.
The Yazoo Semi-Weekly Sentinel. (May 28, 1940). p. 2.
Three WPA Projects Allotted to State; Two Receive Gyms. (May 31, 1941). Clarion-Ledger, p. 9.
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Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on August 22, 2020.
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