2 Mississippi sites added to national historic registry

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Two north Mississippi sites are among the latest to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service says the Downtown Tupelo Historic District and the Starkville Colored Cemetery were added on June 2.

The new area is bounded by Jefferson Street, Madison Street, North Front Street and the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association had petitioned to add a 20-block area earlier this year.

The Starkville Colored Cemetery is the other site. Historians say the property was purchased shortly after the Civil War by freed slaves. The oldest known burial dates back to 1882. The cemetery was abandoned in the 1930s.

The new locations can qualify for tax credits and grants to help with preservation efforts.

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