Bolivar HA Completed Playground & Basketball Court Project with Meaning
In July 2020 Bolivar Housing Authority completed a playground project at its Eastside Court Apartment development that was started in September 2019, the development of a basketball court with meaning.
The basketball court replaces two basketball goals that were installed on the bare ground and had been there for several years. After several months of discussion, the decision was made to build a nice court for the residents, but there was a need for meaningfulness within the court.
The court includes the names and mascot pictures of the six Hardeman County high schools prior to the 1970 school racial integration mandate. Four schools were abolished leaving two, Bolivar Central and the Middleton High School Tigers. The abolished high schools included the Whiteville Lions, Allen-White Bears, Bolivar Industrial Red Devils and the Grand Junction Blue Devils. Allen-White and Bolivar Industrial were the "black" schools in the county.
The hope is that some of the young people when playing on the court will ask questions about the schools and someone might be able to inform them of the value they played in the communities that they served.