$ 10,000 grant will help provide historic markers in Jackson County


JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A $ 10,000 grant will help the Jackson County Historical Society place markers on some of the county’s historic buildings and sites.

The grant comes from Michigan Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act. Most of it is spent on the company’s historical markers program to educate the public about significant people, places and events in Jackson County history, President Maurice Imhoff said.

“Jackson is a historic place,” Imhoff said. “We want to help bring Jackson’s stories to life.”

The grant will help the company pay for eight markers, the first to be unveiled at DeLand Point, a Habitat for Humanity residential complex on the southwest corner of Mechanic and Franklin streets at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 11.

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“It’s a way to honor the importance of this corner,” Imhoff said.

In the mid-1800s, the Mechanic and Franklin intersection was a hub for the Underground Railroad, which helped black slaves escape the plantations of the southern United States. The DeLand family, who resided at the northeast corner of the intersection, contributed to this effort, Jackson historians said.

Wendy Clow, Executive Director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, Linda Hass, Historical Society Fellow, and Imhoff will speak briefly at the October 11 event on the organizations and historic significance of the site.

The historical society intends to mark several sites it has researched in Jackson County, officials said. The markers will vary from 6 inch by 12 inch plaques that can be affixed to buildings to 18 inch by 24 inch signs on metal pedestals installed in the ground.

Once the marker application process has been refined, the historical society intends to open the program to interested Jackson County residents, officials said.

For more information on the historic marker events and program, visit the company’s Facebook page and website.

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