BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI :
SECTION 1. Upon the official certificate of the Trustees of the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History that any abandoned cemetery is of historical significance and should be repaired, rehabilitated, or maintained as a historical monument, the boards of supervisors of the respective counties in this state are hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to repair, rehabilitate, and maintain any such cemetery within the borders of the county over which such board has jurisdiction.
SECTION 2. Subject to like certificate from the said Trustees of the State Department of Archives and History, the board of supervisors in adjoining counties may in their discretion, jointly accomplish such repairs, rehabilitation, or maintenance in those instances where the cemetery in question occupies territory which at one (1) time or another was located as a part of said adjoining counties.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved: March 23, 1971
1. The request for a certificate of historical significance must pertain to an "abandoned" cemetery.
B. An "abandoned" cemetery shall also be interpreted as one in which no burials have been made in the five years preceding the date of the official, written request to the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History for a certificate of historical significance.
C. A single grave, in some instances, may constitute an abandoned" cemetery.
II. In determining whether or not to issue a certificate of historical significance, the Board of Trustees will consider:
B. Cemeteries which are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the history of the nation, the state, or the local region.
C. Cemeteries which are associated with properties entered on the National Register of Historic places.
D. Cemeteries which are associated with "State Archeological Landmarks," provided for in the Antiquities Law of the State of Mississippi.
E. Cemeteries which are located on land belonging to the State of Mississippi, to a county or municipality, or to any political subdivision of the State.
F. Cemeteries containing the graves of veterans of any of the nation's wars.
H. Cemeteries which, by their preservation, would contribute in turn to the preservation of the earlier historical image of a locality.
I. Cemeteries containing 18th century burials.
Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and
History at its meeting August 27, 1971.