- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Leflore County supervisors have delayed a decision on a proposal to convert Florewood park property into a state veterans cemetery.

The request came this week from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board.

The state bought land in 1973 to build a historical park that recreated life on a 19th-century cotton plantation. Florewood River Plantation State Park opened in 1976. It remained in operation until 2005, when the state closed it and four other unprofitable parks.

Leflore County now leases the property from the state.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, which owns the property, is considering a request transfer to the Veterans Affairs Board.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1iAy9T6 ) the Veterans Affairs Board is also considering Winona, Camp McCain and an undisclosed fourth area as a site for the veterans cemetery.

Supervisor Anjuan Brown, whose district includes the park, said he’d have to talk with people who live near the park to see if they would support a cemetery.

“I’m not objecting, and I’m not endorsing,” he said. “I’m willing to go out and find out if that’s something the community would like to do.”

He said a committee of community leaders have been discussing the park’s future and how best to secure grant funding for any projects there.

There are federal veterans cemeteries in Biloxi, Corinth, Vicksburg and Natchez.

The only state-operated veterans cemetery is in Newton. Officials said there have been 245 interments in that cemetery since it was dedicated in 2011.

The Veterans Board wants to provide state-run cemeteries within 75 miles of every veteran in the state.

If Florewood is selected, officials said part of its Visitors’ Center would be converted into a mausoleum.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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