The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its annual “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” for 2018 yesterday, and for only the sixth time in 31 years, a Mississippi site has made the list. The Isaiah T. Montgomery House in Mound Bayou, home of the founder of the first and only incorporated African American municipality in Mississippi, is a National Historic Landmark and has been the subject of many MissPres posts. We hope this national spotlight will boost ongoing preservation efforts to bring it back to life for its community and for the state.
Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018
America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Almost 300 places have been on the list over its 31-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost.
The National Trust’s 31st annual list includes a diverse mix of historic places across America facing a range of challenges and threats, from deferred maintenance to inappropriate development proposals to devastation wrought by natural disasters.
Isaiah T. Montgomery House
Mound Bayou, Mississippi
Established by former slave Isaiah T. Montgomery, Mound Bayou was one of the earliest all-black municipalities, located in the Mississippi Delta following the Civil War. Today, Montgomery’s home is in urgent need of stabilization and rehabilitation.
The Montgomery House shares this year’s list with the home of another founder, George Washington. Mount Vernon’s historic viewshed across the Potomac River, carefully guarded from development since the early 1900s, is endangered by a proposed gas compressor station.
Past Mississippi designees to the National Trust’s endangered list are:
- Natchez (1994–due to possible casino development in the historic district)
- Farish Street Historic District, Jackson (1995–even more endangered today than it was then)
- Vicksburg Campaign Trail (1997)
- Historic Communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006–Katrina)
- Threefoot Building, Meridian (2010)
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