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Margaret’s Grocery to be saved and restored



Margaret's Grocery
Sandra Hollars, an unidentified news reporter and Rhonda Day hold an interview in front of Margaret's Grocery in 2018. Photo by David Day

In a special called meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor George Flaggs has announced the intent of the City of Vicksburg to accept the property once it is restored by the Kohler Foundation.

Mayor Flaggs said, “This will be a game changer for the King’s Community.”

The effort to save Margaret’s Grocery has been headed up by Suzi Altman since 2012 when she promised the Reverend Dennis, on his deathbed, that she would preserve the property and carry on their message of all are welcome. Altman was unable to comment on this morning’s action by the Board.

Margaret’s Grocery has been a folk art icon for decades. According to the story, Reverend Dennis once told Margaret, “If you marry me I will build you a castle.” The multicolored bricks and unique structures on the property, including a school bus with a pulpit, have attracted thousands over the years.

He took Margaret’s Grocery, “The home of the Double Eagle” to a visual look unique to the property. His message of love and inclusion has been told by thousands of locals and visitors to the site. Even in its current condition tourists and locals can be seen admiring the site almost every day.

The Kohler Foundation is an organization that restores folk art around the country. Now that the city has agreed to accept the property after the Kohler Foundation restores it, the foundation can move to the next phase of the restoration project. The restoration will take over a year to complete. Once it is done the city will accept responsibility for the condition and operation of the property.


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