In 1948, Philip Henry Enochs, Jr. created the Fernwood Foundation as a trust with the purpose of benefiting the local Fernwood Black community. Frustrated that the Black community were not given equal opportunity to take advantage of the public school system, Mr. Enochs established the trust to fund the construction of a new school, and separate school district, for that community. The Fernwood Foundation continues to exist today and makes annual donations to several of the local churches in the Fernwood area, as well as other entities that benefit the community, and the legacy of the family business.

Current & Recent Projects

Some of the recent organizations and endeavors that are supported by the Fernwood Foundation include:

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo College

Established an endowed scholarship at Tougaloo College, a private historically Black liberal arts institution in Mississippi

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Southwest Mississippi Community College

Contributing to scholarships at the Southwest Mississippi Community College

Miss Mattie Foundation

Miss Mattie Foundation

Contributing to scholarships administered by the Miss Mattie Foundation in Pike County

Greater Hope Homeless Shelter

Greater Hope Ministry Homeless Shelter

Supporting the Greater Hope Ministry Homeless Shelter

Pike County Mississippi Scholars

Contributing to scholarships administered by the Pike County Mississippi Scholars program

Palace Theater

Palace Theatre Foundation

Supporting the Palace Theatre Foundation

McComb City Railroad Depot Museum

McComb Railroad Museum

Supporting the McComb Railroad Museum

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Mississippi

Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Mississippi

Supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Mississippi

Pike County Mississippi Scholars

Pike County Mississippi Scholars

Supporting the Pike County Mississippi Scholars

Board of Directors

Fernwood Foundation is led by a board of six directors who continue operating in the spirit of the original founders.

Jean Button
Lampton Enochs

Thomas Enochs
Marian Gay

Jeff King
Mary Jane McDonald

Swamp Operation crew in the pirogue


The Fernwood Foundation has a rich history that dates back to 1887. Learn more about the earliest projects of the foundation and see photos and artifacts from the foundation’s formative years.