Misguided public policy. A lack of understanding about what makes a building historic and therefore worthy of preservation. Natural disasters. Lack of funding. Apathy.
The threats to our historic resources in Mississippi are many and the obstacles to saving them can at times seem overwhelming. But, the rewards for the individuals and communities that are willing to take up the fight are so great. Just ask folks in Ocean Springs what downtown would be like without the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. Or imagine Port Gibson’s iconic Church Street as an expressway. Since the first list of Mississippi’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places was published in 1999, the Mississippi Heritage Trust has shined a much-needed spotlight on 100 threatened historic places around the state. There have been some great victories and some crushing losses, while a number of communities are still working to find the resources and support to save their treasured churches, bridges, courthouses and schools.
On October 22, 2015, the Mississippi Heritage Trust announced the 10th list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi at the Lowry House in Jackson, once listed as endangered and now undergoing an extensive restoration.
The French Hotel, Senatobia
Grenada Airfield Hangar
Hugh Craft & Son Surveying Office, Holly Springs
Jourdan River School, Kiln
Margaret’s Grocery, Vicksburg
Old Wilkinson Count Jail, Woodville
Phoenix Naval Stores Office, Turkey Creek Neighborhood of Gulfport
Mississippi’s Historic Tax Credit