MissPres News Roundup 5-29-2018

Let’s jump right into today’s roundup.

Lee School. Columbus, MS Photo by: Dispatch file photo

In Columbus, there is more news about the former Lee High School.  The school was designated a Mississippi Landmark at last week’s MDAH Board of Trustees meeting.




More on the Jackson University of Mississippi Medical Center cemetery saga–anthropologist are using dendrochronology to determine the age of the caskets, which will give some insight as to when the deceased were buried.  You might remember this was the same technique used to date the La Pointe Krebs House several years ago.


Two other stories from Jackson and both concern the Medgar and Myrile Evers House.  First, on May 24th a plaque denoting the National Historic Landmark (NHL) status was dedicated.  You might recall that the house was designated an NHL in January of 2017.


Second, Mississippi Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced legislation Monday to designate the Evers’ house in Jackson as a national monument, an action that would bring the house into the National Park System.


From Vicksburg, a story from a few weeks back about a house fire that did some significant damage to 2432 Cherry Street.  A contributing element to the South Cherry Street National Register Historic District, the nomination of which describes the building as follows.

A two-story, clapboard, four-bay, residence, facing east, with an asphalt-covered hip roof with a cross gable. Originally there was a small one-story stoop. Between 1907 and 1913 the porch was enlarged to a one-story L-shape. The porch was changed to its current size in the 1970’s. The two-story gallery has a shed roof supported by two-story paneled columns. There are brackets at the cornice. There are four bays: double-leaf, paneled doors with transoms, pilasters and entablature; four, floor-length, two-over-two, double-hung windows with bracketed heads; and a three-part bay window with one-over-two, double-hung sash.

Hopefully the house can be saved.


The Arbuthnot Grocery Store Museum on Pinckneyville Road, 10 miles west of Woodville, one of the first black-owned businesses in Wilkinson County, hosted its second-annual celebration on Saturday, May 19th.  You might remember the Arbuthnot Grocery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 2016.

Last but not least part of a story from McComb.  Apparently the city will not demolish 19 historic houses after learning what the price tag for the work will be.  Sounds like a great opportunity to work with folks to see the buildings rehabilitated.  Any readers with access behind the Enterprise Journal pay wall care to share any details of this story?


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Categories: African American History, Columbus, Demolition/Abandonment, Historic Preservation, Jackson, McComb, MS Dept. of Archives and History, Natchez, National Park Service, National Register, News Roundups, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects


2 replies

  1. With the Enterprise-Journal, there are ways to get around their paywall, so here is the pertinent excerpt from that article:

    “McComb officials had to drop back and punt on efforts to demolish a number of rundown homes around the city.

    Public Works Director Chuck Lambert told selectmen Tuesday night that the one bid received for demolishing 19 properties came in well above the $40,000 the city had budgeted for the project, leading to a recommendation to reject the bid.

    “So this bid was way out of budget,” Mayor Whitney Rawlings said.

    “Oh, yes sir,” Lambert replied.

    He said state Department of Environmental Quality rules also played a role in the city’s retreat and retry.

    “You have to test every building for asbestos, unless you follow certain procedures,” Lambert said.

    He said the city can get around the testing requirement by razing only one house on a block per year. Picking the worst properties for demolition out of multiples in the same blocks dropped the number targeted for demolition to 11.

    Properties now on the list to be demolished include 615 Avenue B, 525 Elmwood St., 303 Holmes St., 916 Third St., 232 Holmes Ave., 329 Louisiana Ave., 511 N. Broadway, 108 De-Soto Ave., 331 Frank Mingo St., 120 Lincoln St. and 1008 Apache Drive.

    Testing each building for asbestos would cost about $600 each, he said, and buildings found to have asbestos could have to be kept encapsulated and-or possibly kept wet to keep asbestos dust from blowing off the property.

    Asbestos-contaminated materials would also have to be hauled to special disposal sites.

    The board voted unanimously both to reject the original bid and to seek bids for the smaller number of properties.”

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  2. Wow, well, I hope the neighbors know the City has found a “way around” dealing responsibly with asbestos.

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