The city of Meridian has a permanent reminder of one of its historical leaders.
A marker was unveiled Wednesday at the site of the former home of E. H. Dial, who was elected mayor of Meridian in 1893.
His house was demolished because of its condition, and a Habitat for Humanity house now occupies the spot.
The historical marker at the corner of 30th Avenue and 10th Street notes his contributions to Meridian
"He was mayor during a transformational period in Meridian's history, the turn of the 20th century, where we got telephones, paved streets, paved sidewalks," said Smith. "The Opera House opened. The Union Station opened. He was involved in economic development and industrial foundation at that time. His legacy is very rich."
Smith said Dial led the city in a pivotal time in history and set a course for the future.
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