The former Wesson Presbyterian Church was recently gifted to Copiah-Lincoln Community College by George T. Mercier Jr., an elder of the church and clerk of the session for the past 45 years.
The church was founded in 1871 by Captain William Oliver, a businessman from New Orleans who had moved to Wesson to manage the Mississippi Mills. The construction of the church was completed in 1878 and held its first worship service on March 24 that year.
“My mother and father were married here, and I was baptized here, so we have a long relationship with the church,” Mercier said while celebrating his 103rd birthday on May 8 in the church sanctuary with his son, G.T. Mercier III, and members of the college’s staff and board of trustees.
Contributions to the Dorothy Ragland Mercier Memorial Fund can be mailed to the Co-Lin Foundation at P.O. Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191, or made online at www.colin.edu/alumni-foundation/give-now/.
Read more in the May 20, 2020 E-Edition