Palmer's Crossing Community Center
Narrator: Cameron Rackley
Serving not only as an auditorium and health care facility, the Palmer's Crossing Community Center offered a library and exhibit area for student artwork.
It was located across from the Hi Hat Club, which was once an important stop on the “chitlin circuit” for African American blues and soul performers. B. B. King, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, and many others played to packed houses here. Owner Milton Barnes (1915-2005), one of Mississippi’s most successful African-American entrepreneurs, also owned Barnes Cleaners, the Hattiesburg Black Sox baseball team, and several other night spots in addition to his own contracting business.
The original building was demolished, but in its place stands a new center, where people to come to enjoy private and community events.