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Monday, August 29, 2022
Mississippi Native Thomas J. Warren Picked to Design Natchez U.S. Colored Troops Monument
Agreement supported by Natchez Board of Aldermen
Thomas J. Warren Warren Sculpture Studios Inc.
NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Natchez U.S. Colored Troops Monument
Committee has chosen Rolling Forks native Thomas J. Warren of Warren Sculpture Studios
Inc., in Rogue River, Oregon, to lead the design phase of its monument project.
Warren, who has 36 years of experience working on sculptures
and monument designs, said he welcomes the opportunity to work on the Natchez
“I am very excited about working on the Natchez U.S.
Colored Troops Monument design,” he said Thursday. “I can’t wait to get back to
my home state of Mississippi to visit with the community and stakeholders to
learn what they want to see in this important monument to American heroes.”
Warren will soon visit Natchez as part of his research.
He will meet with supporters and others with a vested interest in the project. He
will, among other things, create a conceptual and schematic design for the
monument, according to Robert Pernell, chairman of the Natchez USCT Monument
Pernell said the selection of Warren is another major
step in the committee’s progress to honor more than 3,000 African American men
who served at Fort McPherson during the Civil War.
“We’re getting closer and closer to our goal,” Pernell
said. “We’re sharing this recent news so that we can keep the public, our
supporters, and elected officials informed of our progress. Our aim is to be
The committee’s selection of Warren received support Tuesday,
Aug. 23, from the Natchez Board of Aldermen, following a presentation by Pernell
and Lance Harris, chairman of the Monument Design Subcommittee.
Speaking after the meeting, Harris said that he and members
of his subcommittee are happy that the full committee, including the city of
Natchez, support working with Warren Studios. “I’m excited to begin work on
this first phase of this project,” he said.
Harris explained that at the end of the project, “we will
have a conceptual design and schematic design, as well as cost estimation that
can be used for fundraising efforts as we get ready for the next phase.”
Mayor Dan Gibson said he was impressed by Warren’s
“We are so pleased by the unanimous selection of this
outstanding Mississippi artisan,” he said. “Mr. Warren’s portfolio of past
projects speaks to his talent and passion, especially in the area of
celebrating the African American history of our country. This will be a
monument all can take pride in.”
Warren is a graduate of Mississippi College. He has created
53 public art works in 20 states and Canada. His past works have included
monuments of Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, John Lewis, among
other historic figures.
Earlier this year, the committee chose the Natchez Bluff,
at the corner of Madison and Broadway streets, as the site for the proposed USCT
In a unanimous vote in March, the Natchez Board of Aldermen
approved the location contingent upon approval of the Mississippi Department of
Archives and History and the Natchez Preservation Commission.
Pernell, who formerly chaired the committee for the
Parchman Ordeal monument, said he is grateful to his subcommittees and chairs
who have worked hard on the USCT Monument Project. “I am proud of them, and I appreciate
their contributions, which have allowed us to reach this phase of the project,”
A community meeting on the monument design will be held
sometime between the end of September and the beginning of October, according