Turnrow Books Fire Update: Fundraiser, Community Support

Turnrow Books in Greenwood, Miss., has been closed since suffering extensive damage from a fire that broke out last Wednesday night, causing heavy smoke, fire and water damage throughout the two-story building, which also houses Turnrow Cafe and Turnrow Art Co. 

Main Street Greenwood Inc. quickly launched a $10,000 GoFundMe campaign, noting: "On April 26, our beloved Turnrow Books, Turnrow Art Co., + Turnrow Cafe, Delta landmarks and Greenwood icons, were devastated by fire. Please join Mainstreet Greenwood, Inc. in helping these three Greenwood businesses and Main Street members in the wake of the extensive damage. While we don't know what the immediate future holds, let's help them in the meantime!" The campaign has already exceeded its goal and has thus far raised over $12,000.

On Monday, Turnrow posted an update on Facebook: "We are your neighbors and we couldn't be prouder. Our #indiedisplaycontest was too lit 🔥 so this is what we're left with this year. The community came together and decorated the outside of the store and it's our favorite display yet. You also hit that gofundme goal real quick! THANK YOU!"

Fellow Mississippi indie Friendly City Books in Columbus expressed support on Instagram: "Turnrow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi, unfortunately suffered a huge fire just a few days before Independent Bookstore Day. They've been such good friends to us, and we're holding them in our hearts. If you can help out, there is a fundraiser at @gofundme to support the bookstore, cafe, and art gallery."

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