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2014 Heritage Awards-A Celebration of Preservation
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Amid tears, applause and many high-fives, preservationists from around the state celebrated 49 amazing victories on June 10 at the J.J. Rogers Building in Tupelo during the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s Heritage Awards Luncheon.  The old mill building was transformed into a fairyland of twinkling lights and Japanese lanterns, while the scent of lilies wafted over the crowd of 150 award recipients, program sponsors and...

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Speaker of the House Philip Gunn
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Recipient of the 2o14 Libby Aydelott Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy Born in Hattiesburg and residing in Clinton, it is no wonder Speaker of the House Philip Gunn has an affinity and appreciation for historic preservation.  He began serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004 and on January 3, 2012, became the 61st Speaker of the House of Representatives in...

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Walthall County Training School, Ginntown Community, Tylertown
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration Constructed in 1920 with funds from philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the Walthall County Training School Museum was one of the few high schools in Mississippi open to African- Americans during segregation.  The school remained open until the late 1950s.  Due to tireless efforts of Walthall Country Training School Alumni Association, a strong community volunteer force and funding...

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Lamar County Courthouse, Purvis
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration The Lamar County Courthouse has had a tumultuous life since its construction in 1906.  After losing its distinctive cupola to a tornado in 1908, the building was further damaged by fire in 1934.  Insensitive renovations in the 1990s, including the installation of a red metal roof and a tangle of wires and pipes on the exterior...

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Preservation in Mississippi
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education With the goal of building a strong community of local and state preservationists, the blog Preservation in Mississippi was started in 2009 as a chronicle of “historic buildings, places and even a few people in Mississippi”.  With over 500 followers and 700,000 views, editor and author E.L. Malvaney’s labor of love is still going strong...

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Immanuel Episcopal Church, Winona
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration Constructed in 1909, the Immanuel Episcopal Church in Winona is an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture with many of its original furniture and fixtures intact.  When the church was decommissioned and faced possible demolition in 1997, a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of Immanuel Church to preserve and maintain the building and make...

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Bolivar County Courthouse, Rosedale
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration Located in Rosedale’s historic downtown, the Bolivar County Courthouse was once the pride of the community.  Over time, dropping water tables had caused water stains, masonry cracks and subsidence of up to ten inches, undermining the stability of the building.  Determined to save their treasured courthouse, the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors worked with Belinda Stewart...

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The Plantation World of Wilkinson County, Mississippi 1792-2012
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education The Plantation World of Wilkinson County: Mississippi 1792-2012 by authors Ernesto Caldeira and Stella M. Pitts covers 220 years of history, from the frontier days of the Mississippi Territory to present day.  A volunteer project by the authors and the many civic-minded people who assisted them, the book tells the story of over fifty plantations,...

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Dr. Luther Brown
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Distinguished Service Dr. Luther Brown has been a tireless booster for all things Delta since moving to Cleveland to become the first director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University in 2000.  A founding member of the Mississippi Blues Commission and the Mississippi Freedom Road Taskforce, Luther is also the former Chairman...

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Rectitude Masonic Lodge, Gulfport
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration Constructed in 1901, the Rectitude Masonic Lodge #323 is one of the oldest African-American Masonic lodges in Mississippi.  Located in the Quarters neighborhood of Gulfport, its members were carpenters, masons and longshoremen at the nearby port. During the civil rights era, the NAACP met in the lodge, which by day served as a neighborhood community center. ...

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Watkins Museum, Taylorsville
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Restoration The Watkins Museum was originally a general store, established by the Watkins family in 1902.   J.T. Watkins also edited and published a newspaper here until his death in 1930, at which time his daughters Hattie and Marie took over the operation. In 1968, the building and its contents were donated to the town of Taylorville and...

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Shaw Homestead, Barth
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Shaw Homestead Interpretive Program, Barth-Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. Learn more about this award-winning project at http://www.mississippiheritage.com.

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Leonard Fuller, Sr.
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Distinguished Service “Civic-minded” is a term that defines Leonard Fuller, Sr. and his commitment to preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of Gautier.  Leonard led efforts to place the Gautier Beachfront Historic District and the Gautier School on the National Register of Historic Places and worked with the Gautier Historic Preservation Commission to erect fourteen historic markers...

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Kennedy V. Johnson and the Taborian Hospital, Mound Bayou
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Recipient of 2014 Heritage Awards for Distinguished Service & Restoration The Taborian Hospital was constructed in 1942 to provide access to medical treatment for African-Americans in the town of Mound Bayou and surrounding areas.  The Knights and Daughters of Tabor funded the project, raising $100,000 for the construction, the equivalent of what today would be $1,503,541.00. In 1983, however, the hospital was forced to close...

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Cindy Nelson and the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society
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Recipient of 2014 Heritage Awards for Distinguished Service & Excellence in Stewardship of Historic Sites The startling destruction of the Iuka Depot spurred Cindy Nelson to found the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society in 1996.  Since that initial meeting of twelve like-minded people, Cindy has made it her life’s work to preserve the special character of her hometown.   Under her leadership, the organization...

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Round Island Lighthouse, Pascagoula
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Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Engineering Excellence When the Round Lighthouse was constructed in 1859 off the coast of Pascagoula, it served as a symbol of strength and a beacon of navigation for sailors. Following damage by Hurricanes Georges and Katrina, this once-proud beacon lay in ruins on the sands of rapidly eroding Round Island.  The lighthouse was listed as one of...

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The Robert O. Wilder Building, Medgar Evers House Museum and Tougaloo College
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Recipient of 2014 Heritage Awards for Restoration & the Trustees Award for Organizational Achievement The Robert O. Wilder Building, also known as “The Mansion”, stands in the center of the Tougaloo College campus, overlooking the ensemble of buildings forming the college’s historic core.  Originally constructed in 1860 as the home of wealthy cotton planter John Boddie, the Mansion became the nucleus of one of the...

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Old Homestead, Columbus
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Recipient of the 2014 Trudy Allen Award for Outstanding Residential Restoration Built in the mid-1820s, the Ole Homestead is one of the oldest surviving raised cottages in Mississippi.  In 2010, the house was in poor condition and its future uncertain, as owner St. Paul’s Episcopal Church debated whether to move, sell or demolish the structure.  Rufus and Karen Ward stepped in to save the...

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