Hit by Katrina, coastal Mississippi historical sites on endangered list

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JACKSON, Miss. -- Historical sites along the Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi Gulf Coast and including Picayune’s Colored Gymnasium are among 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi.

The list was released Thursday by the Mississippi Heritage Trust.

The three coastal counties of Harrison, Hancock and Jackson were grouped as the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the 2007 list.

“The whole coast is in danger of its historical character changing,” MHT’s Executive Director David Preziosi said. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a group listing because we feel all three counties face similar threats. It would be too difficult to identify one site on the coast.

“Obviously, we all know the coast will be changing, and we just hope that, as it changes, people keep in mind the historic buildings that did survive and incorporate them into new developments or let them stand on their own.”

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