MDAH awards nearly $3 million in preservation grants


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – At a special meeting on January 22, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) awarded nearly $3 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program to 18 preservation and restoration projects from across the state. The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program, authorized and funded by the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools in Certified Local Government communities and other historic properties. 

“The Legislature has saved hundreds of significant Mississippi properties through this program,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “The Department of Archives and History is grateful for the Legislature’s support and pleased to be able to help preserve these local treasures.” 

The grant awards are as follows: 

House on Ellicott’s Hill, Natchez, Adams County—$210,400

For restoration of the front gallery of the building. 

Natchez City Hall, Natchez, Adams County—$157,056 

For replacement of the roof

Corinth Coliseum Theater, Corinth, Alcorn County—$236,234

For replacement of the roof and ADA upgrades

Chickasaw County Courthouse, Houston, Chickasaw County—$226,677

For repairs to the roof and other interior repairs

G.L. Hawkins Elementary, Hattiesburg, Forrest County—$35,200

For roof repairs

Franklin County Courthouse, Meadville, Franklin County—$144,388

For window and masonry restoration, and reroofing of the jail. 

Wechsler School, Meridian, Lauderdale County—$277,154

For interior and exterior rehabilitation

(Old) Monticello Elementary, Monticello, Lawrence County—$40,000

For structural repairs and asbestos report and abatement. 

Stephen D. Lee House, Columbus, Lowndes County—$25,600

For front porch roof replacement

Tennessee Williams House, Columbus, Lowndes County—$35,000

For rebuilding of the front porch

Old Madison County Jail, Canton, Madison County—$250,250

For rear wall repair and roofing

Marion County Courthouse, Columbia, Marion County—$225,940

For window restoration. 

Isaac Chapel (Rosenwald School), Byhalia, Marshall County—$268,744

For interior and exterior restoration. 

Noxubee County Library, Macon, Noxubee County—$200,044

For clay tile roof replacement and exterior restoration. 

Pontotoc County Courthouse, Pontotoc, Pontotoc County—$239,753

For window and masonry restoration. 

Quitman County Courthouse, Marks, Quitman County—$184,792

For exterior and interior rehabilitation. 

(Old) Vicksburg Library, Vicksburg, Warren County—$103,370

For electrical upgrades, window and door restoration, and boiler removal

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Vicksburg, Warren County—$89,056

For repair to the auditorium’s south wall. 

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