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State returns land to City of Vicksburg

Jackson, Miss.—The State of Mississippi is pleased to return the Vicksburg Auditorium back to the City of Vicksburg.  The auditorium sits on approximately 0.62 acres of land and is a Vicksburg landmark.

“The State of Mississippi has no need to maintain ownership of this property,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “It is best kept in the hands of the local governing authority, which can decide the best use of the auditorium on the local level.  Senator Hopson and Representative Monsour did a great job.”

“I would like to applaud the State Legislature and the Secretary of State for expediting the transfer of this property,” says Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs.  “Because of this transfer, the City of Vicksburg will be able to make much-needed improvements to the auditorium without waiting on State approval.”

In 1985, the City of Vicksburg deeded the land to the State of Mississippi for the amount of $10.00, purportedly for economic development purposes.  Senate Bill 2341 passed during the 2014 Legislative Session authorized the transfer of the land back to the City of Vicksburg. 

“I am pleased to help facilitate this transfer, and I look forward to the Auditorium’s long-term use for the citizens of Vicksburg,” says Senator Briggs Hopson.

According to the City of Vicksburg, the Vicksburg Auditorium is used for conventions and conferences.  The City plans on making improvements to the auditorium immediately, which will include refurbishing handicap access and updating the venue for future events.