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Minutes of Rankin County Historical Society

April 14, 2011

Guests and members were welcomed by Anne Vanderleest, president.

Treasurer’s Report was given by John Haliburton. There is a balance of $10,032.22 as of April 13, 2011; a copy of the report is attached to the minutes.

New and Unfinished Business: Anne announced that regular meetings for RCHS will not be held in May and June. On Thursday, May 13, members will go to Shiloh Campgrounds to digitize the collection of documents and pictures held in the Shiloh museum. The executive board will meet in June to take a fresh look at our organization and the direction it is going. Any input for board members will be welcomed; any suggestions may be submitted by mail, e-mail or by dropping them off at the library.

Anne stated that three contractors have visited the museum buildings and they will be submitting estimates for roofing and siding repairs as well as other issues that need to be addressed.

Program: Members of the Gold Coast Historical Society were introduced: Davie Lindsey, president; Jimmie Lindsey, vice-president; and Larry Rhodes, historian. Mr. Rhodes was also celebrating his 50th birthday Tuesday.

The three gentlemen recalled growing up in the Gold Coast area and in the summer of 1999 when the Blue Flame Café was demolished, it was the last structure connected to the area. They realized at that time that if they did not start to record stories and history of the Gold Coast, all that history would be lost. They began interviews collecting data and stories. The most asked question posed to them was “who are you going to tell this to?”

Calling the area that included Casey Lane, Old Brandon Road, and Flowood Drive the “Las Vegas of the South” they named many well-known black artists who stopped and entertained at the Stamps Hotel on their way from Atlanta to Texas or Memphis to New Orleans.

The Gay Lady, a speakeasy, was run by the Lindsey’s father; they had instructions from their parents as they were growing up that they had to be inside their home before the lights came on each night. The Crystal Club on Casey Lane was the largest white club on the coast.

After Prohibition was repealed the Gold Coast began fading into history as liquor became legal and more readily available.

Presentation: At the conclusion of the meeting and program Anne Vanderleest presented a copy of A History of Rankin County, Mississippi, Volume I, to our Gold Coast visitors. A framed print of the museum buildings pen and ink done by Helen Alderman was given to Mel Corley, past president, in appreciation of his years of service to the Rankin County Historical Society.

Refreshments served by Martha McCown and Doris Gibson were enjoyed by all attending.



Carla Davis, Paul Davis, Mel Corley, Nathan Bradshaw, Deena Moore, Bill Duchie, Marcus Bowers, Joan Alliston, George Alliston, Ed French, Paulette French, Jimmie Lindsey, Willette Lindsey, Carolyn Erickson, JoAnn Smith, Martha McCown, Linda Wolfe, Steve Moore, Dirk Vanderleest, Frances Rogers, Ann Gifford, Marjorie Beasley, Nelle Mashburn, Marisa Gamblin, Murphy Adkins, Ruth Adkins, Sue Ann Mullen, Doris Gibson, Mary Lou Ayers, John A. Haliburton, Larry Rhodes, Davie Lindsey, Anne Vanderleest, Joan Singletary


May 13: Volunteer Day at Shiloh Methodist Camp Grounds to digitize documents and pictures

June – No RCHS meeting. Instead, an Executive Board meeting will be held during the month.

Joan Singletary, Secretary

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