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Oh, shoot: Mississippi Capitol loses its World War I cannons

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSApril 11, 2019
This Jan. 25, 2017, photo shows one of the two World War I cannons that had been on display for decades outside the Mississippi Capitol in downtown Jackson, Miss. The cannons were removed Thursday, April 11, 2019, and taken to the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., where they will be restored and put on display. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)
This Jan. 25, 2017, photo shows one of the two World War I cannons that had been on display for decades outside the Mississippi Capitol in downtown Jackson, Miss. The cannons were removed Thursday, April 11, 2019, and taken to the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., where they will be restored and put on display. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Capitol is losing its cannons.

The two World War I cannons have stood for decades on the south side of the building. On Thursday, they were permanently moved to the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, where they will be restored and put on display.

Laura Jackson is director of the state Department of Finance and Administration. She says officials had concerns about maintenance of the cannons and the safety of children who climb on them.

A cannon was also removed Thursday from the War Memorial building in downtown Jackson. It will be restored at Camp Shelby and returned to the building a few blocks from the Capitol.

The Department of Finance and Administration, the Department of Archives and History and legislative committees approved the changes.

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