Oct. 5– The Mississippi Monument will be unveiled, dedicated and transferred to the National Parks Service at the Shiloh National Military Park on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m.
This is the result of a culmination of many years of collaborative effort of several organizations.
Artist and sculptor of the Shiloh Monument is Dr. J. Kim Sessums. Sessums’ artwork ranges from graphite pencil drawings to bronze busts and statues to monument-size pieces.
In 2004, Sessums was honored by the Mississippi Senate with a resolution for his work on the then-recently dedicated African-American Monument in the Vicksburg National Military Park which was commissioned by the National Park Service.
A native of Forest, Mississippi, Sessums is a board-certified gynecologist and has practiced medicine for almost 30 years at the Brookhaven OB-GYN and Associates.
“The dedication of the Mississippi Monument at Shiloh is a once in a lifetime event where Mississippians of today will honor the sacrifices of Mississippians of the past. This monument represents all of the citizens of our state,” said Randy Reeves, chairman of the Mississippi Veterans Monument Commission. “This monument represents the service and sacrifice that embodies the honor and greatness of the almost 6,000 Mississippians who fought on the hallowed ground of the Shiloh Battlefield.”