Old Depot preparing for low country boil

Published 7:59 pm Monday, March 20, 2017

Beth Spivey, curator of the Old Depot Museum, is making the final preparations for the fifth annual Low Country Boil Thursday.

“It’s a fun event where everybody comes together and just has fun,” Spivey said.

The money raised from the fundraiser will go toward the construction of a patio built out of bricks that were once the streets of Selma.

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“I’m going to make a big patio out back using the bricks,” Spivey said. “I’m going to have it in the back of the depot so you’ll be able to walk on the original streets of Selma. This way we’re preserving it for everybody to enjoy.”

Over the last week, construction crews have been working to revitalize Water Avenue, which included pulling up concrete and the original bricks.

Once the men found the bricks, they contacted her to see if she would be interested in repurposing them.

Spivey said she estimates that the bricks were put in around 1900 to 1910 after the Civil War when Selma was rebuilt.

Spivey said it’s always a great feeling when someone brings her a piece of history and trusts her to display it and show it off to the community and visitors.

“It’s like everything that I acquire. It’s people that love Selma that are wanting to preserve Selma’s history, and they come to me,” Spivey said.

“It makes you proud that people trust you. When they donate to me, it’s for everybody to enjoy. They trust that I’m going to continue the legacy that they want continued, and that’s a good feeling.”

Spivey said money will also help continue the restoration of the inside of the building.

“I want to open up the inside of the museum and make it look like it did when it was a train depot. I want to remove the forensics lab aspect of the museum,” Spivey said. “It’s really important to me because the presentation of how you show these artifacts is 90 percent of how you get people to want to look at the artifacts.”

The annual boil will feature Cajun food and a Louisiana band, The Back Door Band. Tickets are on sale at the Old Depot for $30, and Spivey said there are only about 15 left.

The event will be held at the Evans Building Thursday at 6 p.m.