After 3 years, more than $100,000, renovations done on Sumrall's historic jail & courthouse

The Associated Press

SUMRALL, Miss. - After three years and more than $100,000, renovations are finally completed at Sumrall's historic jail and courthouse.

The Hattiesburg American ( ) reports that a mannequin in a judge's robe sits at the bench in the courtroom where Mississippi's first all-female jury deliberated a case.

That milestone in women's rights played a big role in the jail being declared a Mississippi landmark in 1997.

It was built in 1907, and the city stopped using it in 1960. Hurricane Katrina did significant damage to its roof in 2005.

Mayor Gerolene Rayborn says a previous administration had asked the state for a hurricane relief grant when she took office three years ago, but nothing had been done about it.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American,