By REGGIE ROSS
The legacy of Lee Tartt will live forever near downtown Grenada as 300 acres of nature land at the Chakchiuma Swamp now bears his name.
Several hundred people were on hand Friday morning for the unveiling of the new sign marking the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve.
Also on hand were law enforcement officers from throughout the state.
“If Lee were here today he’d be shaking his head and smiling,” said Director John Dowdy of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. “We’ve heard several adjectives that describe Lee, and today his name will last an eternity.”
At the start of the morning, blue lights flashed at the corner of Main and Pearl streets as the Grenada Police Department blocked off the intersection.
Many visitors parked on the Square and were shuttled the short commute to the Swamp in golf cart by Friends of the Chakchiuma Swamp (FCS).
The ceremony took place just off the North Main Street entrance adjacent to the Yalobusha River, where it is said that Tartt liked to fish.
Sherman Barnett of Friendship Baptist Church, the church Tartt attended, offered a prayer before Grenada artist and naturalist Robin Whitfield opened the event.
“Having you here today and hearing all of the stories about Lee shows just how much this community cares,” Whitfield said. “This is our mission, a personal mission at that.”
After speaking a few minutes, Whitfield called for the unveiling of the new logo. The unveiling was done by Tartt’s step-children, Lauren Harbin and Landon Harbin, and his nephew Will Tartt.
A thunderous round of applause took place at that point that lasted close to three minutes.
The logo was designed by Whitfield and Graphic Designer Megan Slaughter of Hammons and Associates of Greenwood.