Walt's Look Around: War Memorial Blotch - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Walt's Look Around: War Memorial Blotch

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Have you have ever let a bucket of paint slip out of your hand and splatter all over something you didn’t want painted? Well, if you’ve done that, then this will make you feel better.

The War Memorial is a special building in downtown Jackson. In it is the home of the tomb of Mississippi’s Unknown Soldier. It houses the offices of veterans organizations and has lots of engravings depicting all of the wars that either Mississippians have been involved in or that have been waged on Mississippi soil.

"It spans from Colonial period all the way up to originally World War One," said Mingo Tingle of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. "After World War Two they installed elevator panels on the doors to commemorate World War Two."

Mingo Tingle is in charge of technical preservation services. He sees the War Memorial Building out his office window everyday. And ever since last summer, he has been looking at one of his toughest preservation jobs, this big red blotch on the south wall of the building.

Oddly, the blotch came during another restoration project, repairing the roof from damage it took during the big hail storm a few years ago.

The roofer was taking some of the adhesive they used to put the roof down," said Mingo. "It was about a five gallon bucket and they dropped it from the top and what you see behind you is the splash and the spillage on the building itself."

Here’s a job neither duck tape nor WD-40 will take care of, nor any of over a dozen strong solvents tried so far. Looks like eight or nine of these blocks will have to be removed and carried to a stone mill and refaced. The smaller spots on some 30 other blocks will be hand-chiseled off. Some of the spots on the delicate windows will just have to stay.

"We know that it’s repairable," added Mingo. "It’s going to be back to normal one day but it’s just inconvenient to have to look out on it every day.

I kind of feel bad about it, but the first thought that ran through my mind when I saw the splotch wasn’t so much concern for the building. It was, “Boy. I’m sure glad I didn’t do did that!”

Mingo says it will cost about 30 thousand dollars to fix the damage and will take about six months to do, after everything gets approved.

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