MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2000 Regular Session

To: Public Buildings, Grounds and Lands; Appropriations

By: Representative Peranich

House Bill 1332

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY TO ACCEPT BY DONATION THE COKER HOUSE AND ACCOMPANYING LAND LOCATED ON THE CHAMPION HILL BATTLEFIELD; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

Section 1. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, is authorized to accept the donation of all right, title, and interest in certain real property located in Hinds County, Mississippi, from Jackson Civil War Round Table, Inc., a nonprofit Mississippi corporation, the property being known as the historic Coker House and accompanying land located on the Champion Hill Battlefield, and being more particularly described as follows:

A certain tract of land situated in the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 1, Township 5 North, Range 4 West, Hinds County, Mississippi, containing 5.00 acres and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a 3/4" galvanized pipe, marking the Southeast corner of Section 1, Township 5 North, Range 4 West, Hinds County, Mississippi; run thence North 53 15' West for 2717.47 feet to a point in a fence, said point hereinafter referred to as the point of beginning: Thence North 79 31' West along said fence for 67.16 feet; Thence North 71 13' West along said fence for 259.57 feet; Thence North 78 39' West along said fence for 30.04 feet; Thence 47 52" West for 27.94 feet to the East line of a paved road; Thence North 42 08' East along the East line of said road for 618.46 feet to the South line of Mississippi State Highway 467; Thence South 70 44' East along the South line of said highway for 379.06 feet; Thence South 42 09' West for 612.27 feet to the point of beginning; together with historic dwelling situated thereon, known as "The Coker House."

The Secretary of State shall approve this conveyance and join in this conveyance for all purposes.

SECTION 2. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is authorized to secure, preserve, restore, develop, interpret, operate, and maintain the historic Coker House and accompanying land on the Champion Hill Battlefield as an official state historic site.

SECTION 3. The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations, and any other groups, organizations or individuals that may be interested in the preservation and development of the Coker House and accompanying land and the Champion Hill Battlefield.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.