The Mississippi Heritage Trust recognized Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the college’s archivist Charles Sullivan with awards in June during the annual conference in Raymond.
Sullivan received the 2022 Heritage Award for Distinguished Service and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College received the 2022 Heritage Award for Stewardship for renovations done to Harrison Hall on the Perkinston Campus.
Sullivan has made it his life’s work to preserve the history of Mississippi. As professor emeritus and the first and only archivist for MGCCC, he has also made the preservation of the historic buildings at the college his top priority. His pride in the extensive photograph and document collection in the archives is matched only by his delight in showing visitors around “his” college. Sullivan, who now works part-time in the archives, has spent 55 years at Gulf Coast.
Constructed in 1937, Harrison Hall on the Perkinston Campus served as a premiere women’s dorm from 1937-1979 and a men’s dorm from 1982-2011. Renovations began in May 2016 followed by the dedication on April 18, 2018 the District Administration Complex. Harrison Hall is now a gem of the campus, which contains numerous other historic properties. The award was given to the college because of the strong commitment to the preservation of the architectural character of its original campus at Perkinston.