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Vicksburg Wants To Tear Down Old Charity Hospital

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The city of Vicksburg wants to demolish a 54-year-old building that once housed the Kuhn Memorial Hospital, once one of Mississippi's three charity hospitals.

A hearing on the proposed demolition is Sept. 18.

The hospital was closed in 1989 along with two other charity hospitals in Meridian and Laurel.

The Vicksburg Post reports that Building and Inspection Director Victor Gray-Lewis told city officials the building is deteriorating and the property is overgrown with weeds and grass.

The hospital was built in 1959. The building was given to the city in 1990. While the city owned it, a Louisiana company proposed renovating the building as a 118-bed adolescent psychiatric facility but the plan fell through.

The property was donated it to the Esther Stewart Buford Foundation in 2001.

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