Bill Blackwell became the third Executive Director of the MSHOF in January of 2016. He follows Michael Rubenstein and Rick Cleveland in guiding this non-profit corporation after joining the staff the previous February. Bill was the General Manager of the Jackson Mets/Generals for twelve seasons beginning in 1987 and worked in professional baseball for 33 years. A “200 Club” and member of the Board of Directors from his previous stint in Jackson, Bill has always supported the efforts of the Hall of Fame. The opportunity to lead the MSHOF brought him back to Jackson. Educating each generation of the importance of the accomplishments of those enshrined and keeping the facility in top shape are goals he hopes to maintain. Look for new displays and information during his tenure.
Lulu Maness, a native of Clarksdale, was at the grand opening of the museum on July 4, 1996. After volunteering for a year, she became a full time employee and is now in her 20th year with the Hall of Fame. Lulu, has a connection and passion for the museum, as she is the goddaughter of Ole Miss and New York Giant great, Charlie Conerly. She is the Event Coordinator for the C Spire Outstanding Players Series Presentations which include the football C Spire Conerly, the basketball C Spire Howell/Gillom and the baseball C Spire Ferriss. Lulu’s bright personality and lively stories bring loads of laughter and smiles to the Museum’s staff, volunteers and visitors.
A native of Clarksdale and a USM graduate, Cully has been with the museum full-time for the past ten years and as a volunteer for six years before that. This is a second career for Turner, who retired after 31 years as a firefighter for several different Mississippi fire departments. He has an impressive autograph collection and continues to increase it as often as sports figures visit the museum. He is dedicated to the Hall of Fame and loves to share the great stories of it’s athletes with all who visit, especially young ball players. Cully also works one on one with each person or group that rents our facility and makes sure you have everything you may need for your meeting or event.
Andrea Patterson came to the Museum as an intern in 2012 after graduating Ole Miss with a business degree in marketing and management. She has been the full-time Marketing Director since November 2013. She has also taken on the task of Race Director for the Annual Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic. Andrea is a huge fan of all sports, especially Mississippi football and brings a lot of energy to our staff. Her favorite Museum exhibit is the Sports Illustrated Wall of Fame because it showcases how Mississippi athletes have had a national impact through the decades. Please contact Andrea for any marketing or advertising requests.