School of Architecture assistant professor featured on WTVA

March 16th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture assistant professor featured on WTVA

Tishomingo history timeline complete


Tishomingo Mayor James Tennyson has waited for this day to arrive.

“Things have progressed slow, but we can see the end result,” said Tennyson.

A timeline in the form of panels pieces together the life and experiences of generations of people including one of the earliest inhabitants, Chief Tishomingo.

It is located in the Tishomingo community center.

Tishomingo native Justin Taylor, assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University, has worked tirelessly to bring the exhibit to life.

“Putting together this timeline, you find out lots of things we didn’t know, lots of pictures we didn’t know we had or could get a hold of,” said Taylor.

As word spread of the developing timeline, locals came forward with contributions that amazed all involved, including Mayor Tennyson.

“There’s just a lot of information here on history that people does not know, and it took a lot of digging up; but we found it,” added Tennyson.

Pictures would tell the story of a town that would begin as a settlement along the original Natchez Trace and would later be incorporated in 1908.

“Tishomingo has a very interesting, fascinating history and most folks don’t know about it – especially the younger folks,” said¬†Alderman Anne Taylor.

Justin Taylor is one of those young people, but one very much interested in town history and preserving it in a building he designed.

The building’s exterior elements celebrate what once stood near the new building – a cotton gin. The gin yard was a gathering place as this new community center has become.

“It’s all about telling a story. It’s about giving something back for me. It’s about giving back to the place I grew up,” added Taylor.

The late Alderman Jim Burns also wanted that story told.

He donated money for the land and building to help preserve the history of Tishomingo.

Other personal donations also helped to make the facility a reality.

Mississippi Development Authority grants along with a $25,000 contribution from the city helped to fund the project.

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