Location Information
(for the Fielder & Brooks Drug Store/COFO offices)
Name:Fielder & Brooks Drug Store/COFO offices
Address:2505 5th Street
City/County:Meridian, Lauderdale County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1879
No. of Stories:2
Destroyed:demolished 2014
Registration Information
NR District Name:Meridian Downtown
NR Status:Contributing, Previously Listed
Element No.:103
MPS:Historic Resources of Meridian
Local Designation Information
Local District Name:Meridian Historic Downtown
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Context/Comments
Bought by two African American doctors, Doctor Fielder and Doctor Brooks in the late 1940s, this was the first drug store for black residents of Meridian. The Meridian area COFO office was located in the upper story of this building in the early 1960s. Voter registration drives and other Civil Rights activities took place here, headed by Michael Schwerner. Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman were murdered while in Neshoba County on June 21, 1964, investigating the burning of a rural African American church.