By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The historical markers that preserve Corinth’s history are getting preserved themselves.
Ten of the green informational signs are being refurbished, and some of the posts are being replaced, said Sandy Williams, chairman of C.A.R.E., which is helping fund the project.
Other financial supporters include the Corinth tourism board and several individuals, Williams noted.
The cost comes to about $1,000 per sign when a new post is included. The signs have become faded due to sunlight and weathering over the years.
The signs feature a magnolia blossom on top and gold lettering that explains different parts of Corinth’s history, including important Civil War places and people.
The historical markers were given the OK by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. But until now no one has taken responsibility for maintaining them, Williams said.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to see done for a long time,” he said.
Some of the posts are broken, crooked and dented, Williams said. Once the signs are refurbished they should be more attractive and easier to read. There are a total of 24 of the historical markers in the county, but some of them have not been up as long.
Many people stop and take pictures of the signs, and fixing them up will make a better impression, Williams added. The refurbishment of the signs will include powder coating them to help protect against the elements.
Williams thinks it will be at least six weeks until the signs are back in place. On Monday morning, workers were disassembling the signs, which took a significant amount of strength to dislodge them from the posts they have sat on for so long.
The 10 signs that are being refurbished are Johnston’s Headquarters; Fort Williams; Grant’s Headquarters; Gen. Leonidas Polk’s headquarters; a directional sign to Battery Robinett; history of Corinth’s founding; Fillmore Street Chapel; Henry Cemetery; a directional sign to Civil War earthworks; and Battery Powell.