MissPres News Roundup 9-19-2017

Another somewhat quiet week in the Mississippi preservation world this week.  Everyone must be too focused on that great Mississippi State football victory to do much of anything else.  Here are a few stories have popped up.

The base of the Confederate statue at Ole Miss, in Oxford, Miss. on Monday, September 18, 2017, was damaged when a truck crashed into it on Saturday night. from oxfordeagle.com

Fitting in with the recent spate of motorized vehicles running into buildings, in Oxford, a DUI wreck on Ole Miss campus damaged the Confederate statue at the front of The Circle, University Police say.  According to the Oxford Eagle “The base of the statue and the brass plaque in front of the statue sustained damage. A review from a structural engineer will be needed to determine the extent of the damage, including if there is any damage to the structural integrity of the statue”

University Police Chief Tim Potts stated that at this time, there is nothing that indicates the crash was intentional.  At the end of last month the Ole Miss English Department submitted a letter to Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter calling for removal of the Confederate statue from the University of Mississippi’s Circle.




The news story this week from Meridian details the decades of deferred maintenance to the historic Lauderdale County Courthouse.  Of note, the article includes a link to the courthouse report completed by Belinda Stewart Architects in 2016.



227 N. Martin Luther King St., Natchez

In Natchez, the public will have an opportunity to give their input on the city’s future planning efforts.  This Wednesday a meeting with the Historic Preservation Committee will be held where residents can share their ideas on what they would like to see preserved in their community.  The article gives some suggestions such as rehabilitating buildings, especially in the M.L.K. Triangle before they are lost due to dilapidation, reestablishing the Ritz Theatre, and installing a restaurant at the depot building.

The meeting will be held Wednesday September 20, 2017 at 5:15 p.m in the City Council Chambers building located at 115 S. Pearl Street.


From Hattiesburg, we have a story about the former Coca-Cola Bottling plant.  The article details the history of the building up to 2014 when it reopened as an event venue.


In web roundup news…

“How Well Do You Know Architecture?”asks the National Trust for Historic Preservation with a fun quiz. 

On a more serious note, after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Trust posted a Round-Up of Tips and Tools for Disaster Prevention and Recovery for Historic Places.


The Society for Commercial Archeology ran a series of Facebook posts about the history of Arrow signs.  Be sure to read all the captions of the photos

If you know of any preservation-related news items not mentioned, or if you have more information about a story above please let us know in the comments below.

Categories: African American History, Antebellum, Building Types, Disasters, Hattiesburg, Historic Preservation, Meridian, Natchez, National Trust, News Roundups, Oxford, Preservation Law/Local Commissions, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects, Schools, Theaters, Universities/Colleges


4 replies

  1. I can see the drunk driver’s defense claim in court: “I may have been drunk, judge, but that monument was damaged when I ran into it !”

    How is William Winter going to explain the disappearance of Governor Bilbo’s statue from Room 113 ?



  2. In the cover of darkness, will William Winter have Bilbo’s statue dumped into Barnett Reservoir?
    Does anyone remember Trent Lott’s 50 lb.”head on a pedestal” recovered from a Pascagoula bayou and put back on display… encased in an iron cage?



  3. From the Theodore Bilbo Photograph Collection log, the statute of Governor Bilbo is not a bronze but a clay sculpture by Fritz Behn of Munich, Germany. It was finished in 1953 and dedicated on 24April1954. Photo M2-133 in category I describes an “unfinished clay sculpture.” Could the clay model have been used to form the cast for a bronze?



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