Dear Mrs. Clark,

Learthie “Tot” Foster and Eddie “Bug” Shumpert had an idea that one day the children and adults of Plantersville would enjoy having a center where chidren could play and have parties, and where adults could have meetings. 

The place was the old school house, located on Popular Street near the railroad track. The old store, owned by Monts Conlee, went up for sale. It was the perfect building and the community owned the land. Two men, Foster and Shumpert, purchased the old store, paid to have it moved and things began to work out for the entire community. The good citizens and leaders of Plantersville were able to secure a grant from Washington D.C. with help from Mayor Gloria Holland.

Volunteers were needed to repair, paint and make the “old store”meet the guidelines of the grant. 

They came from Mississippi State Universary, all sectors of tthe community and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to repair the old store. Playground equipment was added for the children.

A beautiful sign was erected that reads “Plantersville Community Center.” We are all proud of our community center.

Maxine Cummings, 

resident of Plantersville

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