Pleasant Reed House

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Pleasant Reed House
Drawing of Pleasant Reed House
Pleasant Reed House is located in Mississippi
Pleasant Reed House
Pleasant Reed House is located in the US
Pleasant Reed House
Location Original site: 306 Elmer Street, Biloxi, Mississippi
Coordinates 30°23′38″N 88°52′18″W / 30.39389°N 88.87167°W / 30.39389; -88.87167Coordinates: 30°23′38″N 88°52′18″W / 30.39389°N 88.87167°W / 30.39389; -88.87167
Built circa 1887
Architect Pleasant Reed
Architectural style Vernacular
NRHP reference # 79001308[1]
Significant dates
Destroyed August 29, 2005
Added to NRHP January 11, 1979
Removed from NRHP
July 16, 2008[2]

The Pleasant Reed House was a sidehall shotgun house in Biloxi, Mississippi on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built by Pleasant Reed (1854–1932), a former slave on a Mississippi farm who moved with his family to coastal Biloxi after the American Civil War. Reed, as a freedman, worked as a laborer and carpenter and earned the money to build his own house for his rapidly growing family.

The house was saved by the Biloxi chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and added to the National Register in 1979. In 2003, the House was moved to the new Frank Gehry-designed campus of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Of Art, where it was restored and opened to the public for tours.

On August 29, 2005, the House was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. However, the original archival materials and photographs were saved by museum curators, and the museum's Board of Trustees voted to rebuild the Pleasant Reed House.

The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, a replica of the original house, opened to the public on September 29, 2008.[3] The center features exhibits on local African American history.[4]

Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, August 2011


  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Location information for Pleasant Reed House Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  3. ^ Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
  4. ^ Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center

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