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MDAH Awards $3.4M in Community Heritage Preservation Grants

January 19, 2024

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) approved $3.4 million in grants through the Community Heritage Preservation Grant (CHPG) program to seventeen preservation and restoration projects in Mississippi at its regular meeting on January 19. 

The CHPG program is authorized and funded by the Mississippi Legislature and has provided more than $61 million to preservation projects across the state since its inception in 2001. Schools, courthouses, and other Mississippi Landmark properties in Certified Local Government communities are eligible for the program to help pay the costs incurred in preserving, restoring, rehabilitating, repairing, or interpreting such historic properties identified by certified local governments or owned by the state of Mississippi.  

“The Legislature has saved hundreds of significant Mississippi properties through this program,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “The Department of Archives and History is grateful for the Legislature's support and pleased to be able to help preserve these local treasures.” 

The grant awards are as follows: 

  • Angelety House, Natchez, Adams County — ­$142,161 

Exterior, doors, windows, roof and  gutter repairs  

  • Carroll County Courthouse, Carrollton, Carroll County — $243,291 

Interior and exterior restoration; windows, doors, and cupola repairs  

  • Masonic Building and Courthouse, Okolona, Chickasaw County — $171,977 

Door and window restoration  

  • Okolona Elementary School, Okolona, Chickasaw County — $170,775 

Window restoration, interior and lighting repairs 

  • Harriette Person Memorial Library, Port Gibson, Claiborne County — $274,931 

Roof and decking repairs   

  • GM&O Railroad Depot, Quitman, Clarke County — $65,010 

Door and window restoration, interior and  exterior repairs   

  • Hattiesburg City Hall, Hattiesburg, Forrest County — $99,200 

Interior repairs, HVAC, and security upgrades   

  • Hinds County Courthouse, Jackson, Hinds County — $410,715 

Roof repairs  

  • Jefferson Davis County Courthouse, Prentiss, Jefferson Davis County — $182,118 

Roof repairs   

  • Spain House, Tupelo, Lee County — $110,936 

Interior restoration and repainting  

  • Greenwood Fire Station #1, Greenwood, Leflore County — $237,450 

Masonry repointing, HVAC, and electrical upgrades   

  • Tennessee Williams House, Columbus, Lowndes County — $158,423 

Front porch repairs and repainting  

  • Old Salem School, Macon, Noxubee County — $159,538 

Structural stabilization, masonry repointing, and general repairs 

  • Quitman County Courthouse, Marks, Quitman County — $188,008 

Exterior repairs and window restoration 

  • Sharkey County Courthouse, Rolling Fork, Sharkey County — $368,000 

Courtroom restoration  

  • Drew Rosenwald School, Drew, Sunflower County — $253,760 

Roof, masonry, door and window repairs, and electrical upgrades  

  • Senatobia High School, Senatobia, Tate County — $260,000

Window restoration, classroom, east, and west hallway repairs  

Grant awards are paid on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project or at the time of the completion of pre-established phases of the project. Prior to application, all buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks. A cash match of at least 20 percent is required. Only county governments, municipal governments, school districts, universities, community colleges, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations that have obtained Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service may submit applications. 

To become a Certified Local Government (CLG), a community must adopt a preservation ordinance establishing a preservation commission in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Once the commission has been established, application for CLG status may be made to the National Park Service through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. MDAH works closely with local government officials and citizens to help them create and manage a workable local historic preservation program.  

To learn more about the CHPG program, contact 601-576-6850 or email



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