Historic Tree Cut at EMSH

A little part of the history of East Mississippi State Hospital disappeared Wednesday.

EMSH said goodbye to what it calls a living icon, a Southern Magnolia Tree, planted there on the grounds back in 1893.

The tree split in two earlier this month, and a contractor was brought in to take it down completely.

Records on file with the Mississippi Forestry Commission say the tree was one of the largest Southern Magnolias in the south.

"It's sad, it really is, because it's been here since the hospital has been here," said Glenda Slay, EMSH horticulturist. "So it's kind of sad to, during that time, to take something like that down. "

Hospital officials plan to preserve some cuttings from the tree for the history of the hospital.

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