More than $2 Million Awarded to Civil Rights Sites by MDAH
The Delta courthouse where the Emmett Till murder trial was held, the Jackson home of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, and the Gulf Coast office of physician Gilbert Mason are among the eleven sites across the state receiving grants from the Department of Archives and History. The board of trustees approved more than $2 million in awards through the Mississippi Civil Rights Historical Sites program at their quarterly meeting Friday, July 22.
The grant awards are as follows:
Holy Family Catholic Church, Natchez, Adams County—$169,500 to Holy Family Catholic Church
Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker Program, statewide—$210,000 to Mississippi Development Authority
Amzie Moore House, Cleveland, Bolivar County—$199,989 to Bolivar County Board of Supervisors
Bay Springs School, Hattiesburg, Forrest County—$150,400 to Dennis Dahmer
Eureka School Hattiesburg, Forrest County—$210,000 to the Hattiesburg Convention Commission
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. Medical Office, Biloxi, Harrison County—$35,210 to the estate of Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr.
Medgar Evers House Museum, Jackson, Hinds County—$210,000 to Tougaloo College
Medgar Evers’ First NAACP Field Office, Jackson, Hinds County—$208,104 to Farish Street/Main Street Project
Fielder & Brooks Drug Store-COFO Center, Meridian, Lauderdale County—$210,000 to Freedom 64, Inc.
Historic Storefront Restoration: Ben Roy’s Service Station, Money, Leflore County—$152,004.80 to Annette T. Morgan and Harry Ray Tribble
Tallahatchie 2nd Dist. Courtroom, Sumner, Tallahatchie County—$210,000 to Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors
The Mississippi Civil Rights Historical Sites grant program provides funds for repairs, renovations, and improvements to eligible sites. The Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History determines which properties to recommend for funding to the Mississippi Development Authority.
Eligible properties must be associated with a significant event, action, or person from the civil rights era in Mississippi, 1945-70. Sites that will be open to the public receive priority for grant assistance. Grant recipients must enter into a twenty-five-year preservation and maintenance covenant that safeguards the state’s investment by providing MDAH oversight of alterations to the building during that time.
The maximum grant any project may receive is $210,000. Recipients must provide a twenty percent match of either cash or in-kind contributions. Grant funds will be provided on a reimbursable basis once all work is completed and approved by MDAH.
Members of the board of trustees are President Kane Ditto, Jackson; Vice-president Rosemary Taylor Williams, Corinth; Reuben V. Anderson, Jackson; E. Jackson Garner, Jackson; R. Webster Heidelberg, Hattiesburg; Duncan M. Morgan, Natchez; Hilda Cope Povall, Cleveland; Martis D. Ramage, Jr., Belden; and Roland Weeks, Biloxi.
To learn more about the Mississippi Civil Rights Historical Sites grant program, call 601-576-6940.
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