State Historical Markers
Since 1949 the State Historical Marker program has identified and interpreted historic sites across Mississippi. More than one thousand markers can be found near buildings, battlefields, cemeteries, churches, temples, forts, homes, schools, and abandoned towns.
For tourists the markers may be their only glimpses into the state’s rich and varied history. For Mississippi communities the markers can be points of pride that memorialize locally important people and events.
State Historical Markers are privately sponsored and funded. Anyone may sponsor a marker. To qualify a site must have unique historical significance to the local community, the state, or the nation. Note that sponsors are responsible for installing markers.
Interested in sponsoring a marker? Complete our online form to receive an application.
Once MDAH has received the completed form, staff will work with you throughout the process including drafting text and presenting the request to the MDAH Board of Trustees for approval.
MDAH will work directly with the manufacturer in the fabrication and shipping of the markers, and the finished marker will be shipped to the Mississippi Department of Transportation district office nearest the site, at which time the manufacturer will bill the sponsor directly.
Many sponsors choose to have an unveiling ceremony for new markers. A representative from the Department of Archives and History is usually able to attend.
Note: Due to supply problems and a backlog due to COVID-19, the manufacturer has notified MDAH that new markers can take up to six months to cast.
Pricing for Historical Markers
Pricing effective May 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024.
Mississippi Markers (30″x42″ pattern delivered with a 7’ post)
1” text with 7’ Post: $2,560.00
1” text - No Post: $2,410.00
1 ½” text with 7’ Post: $2,400.00
1 ½” text - No Post: $2,250.00
Refurbishment with cap repair: $1,450.00
1 inch letters: $2,440 ($2,290 w/o post)
1.5 inch letters: $2,290 ($2,140 w/o post)
Post Replacement (UPS delivery included)
For more information about sponsoring a marker, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.