Board of Trustees Awards $260,000 in Preservation Grants

At their meeting in Jackson on Friday, April 16, the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History approved grants totaling more than a quarter-million dollars for preservation projects across the state.

Supplemental grants in the Community Heritage Preservation grant program were awarded to the Noxubee County Courthouse in Macon ($104,000 for roof replacement); the West Clay Agriculture High School in Pheba ($66,650 for interior rehabilitation); and the Founders Gymnasium in Decatur ($24,000 for a rehabilitation and programmatic use study).The CHPG program helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties.

Certified Local Government grants totaling more than $67,000 were awarded to preservation projects in Aberdeen, Canton, Corinth, Eupora, Greenville, Jackson, Leland, Meridian, McComb, Natchez, Oxford, Pascagoula, Raymond, and Sharkey County. The CLG program helps participants establish active and administer historic preservation programs in their communities.

State Historical Markers were approved for the Carthage United Methodist Church; Congregation Beth Israel, Clarksdale; First Presbyterian Church, Starkville; First United Methodist Church, Greenville; The Flying Keys, Meridian; Gowdy Community, Jackson; Gulf Ordnance Plant, Prairie; Herbert Lee, Liberty; St. Stephens Road, Lincoln County; Sam Hairston, Columbus; and Griersonís Raid, Philadelphia.

Members of the board of trustees are Kane Ditto, president; Rosemary Taylor Williams, vice-president; Reuben V. Anderson, Jackson; E. Jackson Garner, Jackson; Holt McMullan, Hattiesburg; Duncan M. Morgan, Natchez; Hilda Cope Povall, Cleveland; Martis D. Ramage, Jr., Belden; and Roland Weeks, Biloxi.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers various museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located on the corner of North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson.

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