STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - During Tuesday night's board meeting, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to match a grant promoting the preservation of the Civil Rights Movement.
Hamp Beatty is one of the board members. He also worked for the Starkville Historic Preservation.
He lived through the movement and said was a difficult and sometimes violent struggle that he hopes can teach Americans from past mistakes.
“I was a kid when this was happening," he said. "I was old enough to remember that I thought some of the stuff, the way people, African American people suffered being treated wasn’t right.”
To bring positivity to the difficult subject, the board decided to match a $7,500 grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to preserve landmarks promoting equality during the Civil Rights Movement.
“We need to preserve these places where people struggled...to have the right to vote," Beatty explained.
Beatty said the board will hire a company to survey buildings and other landmarks to determine if it has any historical significance to the city.
Once sites are identified, the city leaders will determine what to do next.