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Sound Off: Sears & City of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Sears has announced they are moving out of Jackson.

No city wants to lose a business and Jackson has started a petition drive to send to the executives at Sears.

There is a long history with Sears and Mississippi.

Not many people know that Julius Rosenwald, one of the owners of Sears, Roebuck and Company was a champion for educating African Americans primarily in the rural South.

Through the Rosenwald Fund thousands of schools were built, 166 of those schools were built in Mississippi.

In 1925, William W. Blackburn was appointed to head the Rosenwald Fund in Mississippi.

Last week Blackburn Middle School, named for William W. Blackburn, opened their new state of the art campus located next to Jackson State University.

The good news is that Blackburn Middle School was funded by a bond issue that over 80% of the citizens of Jackson approved.

My hope is that Sears will stay in Mississippi but even if they decide to leave their legacy of educating students will live on.

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