A plan for a monument to honor Latvian Displaced Persons who once lived in the Senatobia, Miss., area has been granted an initial approval by the board of aldermen, according to The Democrat, a local newspaper.
City officials Aug. 3 gave local resident Gale Cushman approval to research the cost of a marker to be erected in Bethesda Cemetery, where a number of Latvians are buried, the newspaper reported.
Senatobia is in northern Mississippi, about 40 miles south of Memphis, Tenn.
Although the Latvian community of Senatobia is all but forgotten today, it once was large enough to support a church and a local newsletter, according to historical records reviewed by Latvians Online.
The Senatobia Christian Church, once known as the Senatobia Latvian Lutheran Church, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The Latvian church published a newsletter, Ziņu biļetens, from 1949-1953, according to Benjamiņš Jēgers’ Latviešu trimdas izdevumu bibliografija, 1940-1960.
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