Natchez temple, 2 other regional projects to receive more than $175,000 in preservation grants from state

Published 2:32 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016

JACKSON (AP) — Three southwest Mississippi preservation projects will receive more than $175,000 in grants from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Temple B’nai Israel in Natchez, the Meadville Armory in Meadville and the Poplar Hill Museum of African American Culture in Fayette were included in the list of 17 preservation projects to receive money from the state. MDAH announced the nearly $2 million in grants Friday.

Temple B’nai Israel will receive $105,795 for roofing and electrical repairs along with interior rehabilitation work. The Meadville Armory will receive $39,600 for structure stabilization, foundation repair and plaster work. The Poplar Hill Museum will receive $29,904 for handicapped access and restoration projects.

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Grants awarded for other projects outside the region include $370,000 to stabilize the structure and do restoration work at Bailey School in Jackson; $210,480 for the LaPointe-Krebs House in Pascagoula, to preserve the building’s mid-18th century characteristics; $160,000 for restoration of the M&O Depot in Aberdeen; and $156,894 for roof repairs and drainage improvement at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville.

Other grants awarded include:

— $148,800 for roof work at the Union County Courthouse in New Albany.

— $128,916 to repair gutters, roof and the bell tower at City Hall in Yazoo City.

— $120,000 for structure stabilization and restoration at Shaw High School in Shaw.

— $117,600 for renovation and roof restoration at Okolona Elementary School, Okolona.

— $85,824 for roofing renovation of the 1951 section of Wechsler School in Meridian.

— $75,447 for rehabilitation of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Convent in Vicksburg.

— $69,483 for electrical repair and interior renovation at Columbia Waterworks in Columbia.

— $67,201 for roofing repair at the former West Point Colored High School in West Point.

— $59,648 for restoration of the Walthall County Courthouse in Tylertown.

— $51,840 for roof repairs at Newton City Hall.