Alcorn County gives land for law enforcement memorial

Alcorn StockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Three graves located on the grounds of the Alcorn County Justice Center will become the site of a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers.

In response to a request from Sheriff Charles Rinehart, the Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to have the county attorney prepare a resolution donating .047 acres of property to the American Legion, which will be responsible for constructing and maintaining the memorial and taking care of the existing graves.

Three existing graves of unknown individuals were discovered during preparation of the property for construction of the justice center. Though the previous property owners were aware of the graves, they could not identify for county officials who the individuals were who are buried there, nor if they might be Civil War casualties. That area of the justice center property has been fenced off to protect it during construction work and since, the sheriff said.

Among the law enforcement officers who will be memorialized are Lane Caldwell and Clyde Null, Rinehart said in April when he first made the request. Since then Rinehart and attorney Bill Davis have researched state law on allowed disposition of the site.

The resolution will state the property donation to the American Legion will promote cultural well-being of the county, Davis said.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com