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Jones Co. supervisors vote to explore removal of once-segregated water fountains

Water fountain outside Jones County Courthouse (WDAM)
Water fountain outside Jones County Courthouse (WDAM)(WDAM)
Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 4:34 PM CDT
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ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - The Jones County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to explore the steps necessary to remove two once-segregated water fountains outside the Ellisville Courthouse.

The fountains, which are on each side of the courthouse entrance, have the word ‘Colored’ engraved on one and ‘White’ engraved on the other, though the words are now covered by plaques.

Longtime Ellisville resident Donnie Watts asked for the removal of the fountains during the public hearing at Monday’s meeting.

“I can see it,” Watts said. “You won’t see it cause you never knew what was under it.”

The process would require the supervisors to first fill out and submit a notice of intent form to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History because the courthouse is a historical landmark. During this process, the supervisors said they would also do more research on the two fountains.

In August 1989, the Jones County Board of Supervisors voted against replacing the water fountains, instead deciding to add historical plaques to the fountains, according to The Associated Press.

The board plans to revisit the motion once it hears back from the Mississippi Department of Archives.

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