Completed in 1908, one of the first monuments in the Vicksburg National Military Park, and a piece of our country’s history is broken and part of it is now laying on the ground.
The Rhode Island Memorial was damaged when an EF2 tornado hit the park back in April, but repairing the monument takes time and patience.
Bill Justice is the Vicksburg National Military Park Superintendent, “repairing a monument like this is a lot more difficult than picking it up and putting it back on, the masonry has to be repaired there are grout joints and things like that that have to be properly taken care of.”
There is also a hefty cost of $20,000.
The Friends of the Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign started a fundraising campaign to raise money for repairs.
Bess Averett is the executive director for The Friends of the Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, “we have had a donor step forward when they heard about the damage and offer to pay for half of the cost as a challenge to people, so every dollar that a donor gives it will be matched.”
Members of the Historic Preservation Training Center will work to help restore the monument.
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