The Old Jail Museum in Greensburg opened its doors for the first time Jan. 31 during the community market.
The Old St. Helena Parish Jail, built in 1855, next to the courthouse square in Greensburg, is one of the oldest buildings in St. Helena Parish and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The St. Helena Parish Historical Association renovated the jail, turning it into a museum to house artifacts from the parish.
Among the visitors at the grand opening of the Old Jail Museum were the daughters and grandchildren of the late Jimmy “Jake” Sanders, lifelong St. Helena Parish resident.
Sanders graduated from Greensburg High School in 1953, and the museum displayed a yearbook with his senior picture.
His two daughters, Stacy Sanders Wascom and Tori Sanders, said the visit and the yearbook brought back memories of their father. Sanders’ grandchildren enjoyed taking photographs of the old jail and the artifacts on display.
Historical Association President Rita Allen said the association opened the museum to bring history back to the parish.
“The museum’s grand opening started off to a good start with the Sanders family being the first guests,” Allen said.
Allen said the association still has lots of work to do at the museum and her group is always looking for items to display.
There will be additional books and booklets to purchase once everything is organized, Allen said.
Edward Schillings book, “Echo’s of the Past,” is now available, along with the other books that the Historical Association has compiled, Allen said.
The museum will be open the last Saturday of each month.
For information, call Allen at (225)-460-0001.