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Fort St. Pierre marker to be dedicated Friday

The Fort St. Pierre Tercentenary Planning Commission will hold a ceremony Friday to dedicate a Mississippi Historical Marker commemorating the 300th anniversary of the fort’s establishment in Mississippi.

The program begins Friday at the Southern Culture Heritage Center Auditorium, 1302 Adams St., followed by the dedication of the marker on Mississippi 3, near the site of the fort, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shuttle buses will take people from the center to the dedication site beginning at 10:30 a.m. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will officiate at the unveiling.

Built in 1719 on a site near Mississippi 3, north of the Redwood community, Fort St. Pierre and Fort Rosalie in Natchez were built to deter English traders from moving in the Lower Mississippi Valley and challenging the French sphere of influence.

People interested in attending the ceremony should RSVP by calling 601-636-5010.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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