Forrest County continues work on Dahmer courthouse memorial

Vernon Dahmer Memorial in Forrest Co. making progress

HATTIEBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County is continuing work on a memorial to honor slain voting rights activist Vernon Dahmer.

He was killed in 1966 when the Ku Klux Klan firebombed his Forrest County home.

A sculpture of Dahmer by two local artists was recently cast in bronze at a foundry in Texas.

It’s now in local storage.

The statue will be the centerpiece of a new plaza at the Forrest County Courthouse, honoring Dahmer and other local civil rights leaders.

Work will begin soon on landscaping the plaza and constructing a base for the statue.

“There will be a stone base with a plaque and then there will be a wall, a short wall that can also serve as a bench and it’ll say, ‘If You Don’t Vote, You Don’t Count,’ which was a famous quote of Mr. Dahmer’s,” said David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.

So far, a total of $120,000 in public and private funds have been contributed to pay for the project.

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