PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Organizers of the Mississippi Maritime and Warship Museum have formally taken ownership of the math/science building and the band hall at the old Pascagoula High School.
The Mississippi Press reports that museum officials closed a $150,000 loan this week to buy the buildings and some adjacent land.
The math and science building, which is about 17,000 square feet, will become the interim museum.
The band hall will be used as a workshop for sorting and restoring artifacts and memorabilia, said group member Jack Hoover.
The second phase of the project is to buy and bring the U.S. Navy's first Aegis Classic Cruiser, USS Ticonderoga, back to Lowry Island in Jackson County as a museum and learning center.
The ship was built in the 1980s at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.
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3/9/2013 7:01:41 AM (GMT -6:00)