Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup.
History professor Andrew Kahrl tracks racial discrimination through the tax assessor’s office. This article provides interesting insight concerning race and property ownership and cites several Mississippi examples in Edwards and Waveland. It also touches on the history of beach segregation and the formation of separate black leisure spaces in the Jim Crow era and how those places declined.
A similar story of note was run by The History Channel website about the Biloxi Civil Rights wade-ins. Mississippi State University Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) recently was awarded a $100,000 grant for a project that will commemorate the wade-ins and encourage public dialogue about civil rights. According to the article the project is titled “Witnessing the Beach” and will work with the community to create exhibits and events about the wade-ins. The GCCDS will create movable platforms that can taken to different wade-in sites for events.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy) has issued a streamlined alternative for the Section 106 review process concerning the installation of cellular service towers on federal land. Section 106 is a review process that ensures historic properties are considered during the development of any federal project.
If you’ve ever traveled up and down interstate 55 past Brookhaven you might be familiar with the subject of this next article. The Daily Ledger article gives some of the more recent history of the Henry Strong House.
Ending on a good note Dockery Farms in Sunflower County between Cleveland and Ruleville has been named a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. According to a press release from MDAH, the Mississippi Landmark designation is the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state and offers the fullest protection against changes that might alter a property’s historic character. You can learn more about the Mississippi Landmark program here.
The former sawmill and plantation, established in 1895, is credited as the location where blues music was born due to many early blues musicians having worked there.
Seems like a quiet week preservation-wise to me. What’s the preservation news from your neck of Mississippi?