The Mississippi Heritage Trust has been advocating for a preservation solution for the Sun-n-Sand Motel for over 15 years. The following excerpts are from the Spring issue of Elevation, the Journal of the Mississippi Heritage Trust.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
"People and places over parking lots." – Greg Mangan, Detroit, MI
"This place matters." – John David Lewis, Jackson, MS
"We as Mississippians need to do more to support and preserve our historic places, and our government must do more to lead the effort." – Dale Riser, Oxford, MS
The Sun-n-Sand is part of who I am. From Sardine Suppers to Sine Die parties and even having Senators and Representatives buy me drinks at lunch on my 21st birthday. This place is special.
Emily McLarty, Jackson, MS
"Once it’s gone, it’s gone." – Vidal Blankenstein, Jackson, MS
"This place is not only one of the coolest examples of mid century modern architecture in downtown Jackson, it also played such an important role in Mississippi’s legislative history. Proponents of the historic Sun-n-Sand deserve more time to explore redevelopment options. A vibrant, modern hotel across the street from the State Capitol will do more to revitalize downtown Jackson than a new parking garage ever will. Let’s give it a chance!" – Thomas Gregory, Greenwood, MS
"Funky landmarks like this are a big draw for other cities/towns in the US, it would be such a shame to lose ours!" – Michelle Russell, Jackson, MS
"The Sun-n-Sand was the center of Mississippi politics for decades. It deserves preservation." – Rickey Cole, Ovett, MS
I grew up in Jackson. My family is 3 generations deep. That place has been there. Why can’t it be a landmark?
Elizabeth Wright, Denver, CO
"The Sun-n-Sand has so much potential for tourism. If save, it WILL be a destination for people from all over! Destroying the Sun-n-Sand would be a huge mistake!" – Mary Lewis, Jackson, MS
Saving the Sun-n-Sand
By Lolly Rash