Phoenix Naval Stores Office
Turkey Creek Neighborhood • Gulfport • Nominated by Turkey Creek Community Initiatives
Responsible for employing many African Americans from the nearby neighborhood of Turkey Creek, Phoenix Naval Stores was part of the once-bustling timber industry in south Mississippi. The nearby creosote plant was the scene of a massive explosion in the 1940s which killed eleven men. After the business closed, the office was converted into a residence. The Phoenix Naval Stores Office is one of the few buildings remaining from this once thriving industry.
Vacant for twenty years, the building was badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Community activist Derrick Evans purchased the building to prevent its demolition. A partnership between the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area and Turkey Creek Community initiatives is seeking funding to restore the building for its use as a community center.