back at courthouse
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 9:24 AM
The newly restored Confederate Monument was returned to the courthouse lawn Saturday after sustaining extensive damage in a 1990 storm that packed winds up to 100 miles an hour and injured eight people.
The Neshoba County Monument Restoration Committee raised the $13,500 needed to restore the monument, which was first erected on the lawn in 1912.
Mike Davidson of Eupora, who specializes in matching molds to re-construct statues, was hired to mold pieces to take the place of the original fragments of the soldier that were damaged or lost in the storm including the brim of his hat, a hand and part of the left arm.
Davidson found a nearly identical soldier on a monument in West Point and used it as a model for casting the parts, said committee member Don Perry.
Lights were added so that the monument would be more visible at night, Perry said, in hopes of preventing vandalism.
The committee also arranged to mount a plaque to give the history of the statue and information about its restoration.
“I think it’s an important part of the county’s history, and it’s been a fixture on the courthouse lawn ever since I could remember. I think most people will be happy to see it restored,” said Perry.
Erected as a tribute to Neshoba Countians who fought for the Confederacy, the monument was moved once, in the early 1960s, to get it out of the way of a magnolia tree that had grown around it.
Other members of the restoration committee are: Jimmy Walker, Mary Grace Johnson, Vicky and Robert Argoe, Mitchell Williams, chairman, Lamar and Linda Johnson and Stanley Dearman.