Preservation 50 Friday: Biloxi’s Enduring Light

Biloxi Lighthouse, Miss

Biloxi Lighthouse, Mississippi

Dodging cars like a nervous pedestrian, the historic Biloxi Lighthouse stands beside a busy highway.

Lighthouses adorn postcards and remind us of peaceful days gone by. We always like to fool ourselves that the past was better than the present. Some people even try to make social movements out of the past.

If we are honest with ourselves we would remember that the past was fraught with struggles. The Biloxi Lighthouse in Mississippi has withstood the Civil War, Civil Rights protests and hurricane Katrina. I was reminded of this landmark when thinking about the attack in Orlando.

Struggles either bring out the best in us or the worst in us. This lighthouse in spite of the perils it faced survives on a busy roadway. Life changes and we must adapt to the harsh realities facing us and not look back for perceived safer days.

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