EUROHA: Graduates gather for reunion July 1-7

By DAVID TISDALE,

Hattiesburg’s EUROHA Alumni Association will host its 17th biennial reunion July 1-7 of graduates and others who attended the city’s historic former African-American high schools – Eureka, Royal Street and L.J. Rowan - with a wide variety of events scheduled throughout the week.

Formerly known as EURO, the association, which formed in the late 1970s, expanded its classes in 2015 to include graduates and attendees of Hattiesburg High School to become EUROHA. Grady Gaines, alumnus of the L.J. Rowan High School Class of 1968, currently serves as president of EUROHA.

The schedule of events, including times and locations, is as follows:

Monday, July 1

•  Registration and Health Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Meet & Greet, 7 p.m.

Location: Eureka School Building, 412 East 6th St.

Tuesday, July 2

•  Registration, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eureka School Building; Parade, 6 p.m. (lineup at 5:30 p.m. at Hawkins Elementary School); Night in the Park at Chain Park, immediately following parade.

Wednesday, July 3

*Registration, 10 a.m. – noon, Eureka School Building; EUROHA business meeting, 12:15 p.m., Eureka School Building; Public and Memorial Program, 6 p.m., Antioch Baptist Church, 1100 John Street; Sock Hop, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.; C.E. Roy Community Center, 300 E. 5th Street.

Thursday, July 4 – No EUROHA activities due to holiday

Friday, July 5

*EUROHA Reunion Golf Classic, Shadow Ridge Golf Course; Talent Show, 6 p.m., Thames Elementary School, 2900 Jamestown Road; class parties.

Saturday, July 6

*Reunion brunch, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., One Stop Shop Event Planning Center, 103 Braswell Road (at Old University Handbag building off the Evelyn Gandy Parkway); Reunion Ball, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., Jackie Doll Sherrill Community Center, 220 West Front St., downtown Hattiesburg.

Sunday, July 7

*Farewell luncheon (following church services), 1-3 p.m., One Stop Shop Event Planning Center, 103 Braswell Road.

EUROHA 2019 Reunion registration cost on-site is $160, and covers admission for one to each event; cost of admission to individual events on the schedule varies. For more information about EUROHA 2019, contact Grady or Doris Gaines at 601.544.6242 or email 2dtgaines@gmail.com.