- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

FULTON, Miss. (AP) - This weekend has been one for the history books in Fulton.

On Saturday, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History unveiled six markers for historical sites in the city.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1yINwl9 ) the sites included the campus of Itawamba Community College, which opened in 1948; Fulton Grammar School, which served as the city’s elementary school for nearly 60 years; the site of Fulton’s first church, now home to Christ the King Catholic Church; two of the city’s oldest homes: Aeolian Grove and The Cedars; and the county court square to denote the history of Fulton itself.

The State Historical Marker program was founded in 1949 as a way to identify and promote historically significant sites. Since then, about 900 markers have been erected.

As part of Saturday’s unveiling event, most of the sites were open for tours. Volunteers dressed as some of Fulton’s most prominent historical figures. Many downtown businesses also were decorated with old photographs of their buildings.

Unveiling events kicked off at Itawamba Community College. More than 70 people attended the unveiling, including members of the 1950 graduating class, the community college’s first.

“Each marker is very different and very significant, and the history of each location is so different,” said Judge Sharion Aycock during the opening presentation. Aycock headed the event’s planning committee and is largely responsible for getting the ball rolling on the project.

“It has been a long process, but seeing you all here today makes it worthwhile,” Aycock said.

Aileen de la Torre, representative with the MDAH, said Fulton was in the forefront of Mississippi communities making strides in historical preservation.

“The sun is shining on Fulton today, even if the sun isn’t shining on Fulton today,” de la Torre said, referencing the weather.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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