Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Governor Haley Barbour Proclaims January 27 Elbert Hilliard Day
Director of Department of Archives and History Retires

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Barbour proclaimed January 27, 2005, Elbert Riley Hilliard Day in honor of his retirement and 39 years of service to the Department of Archives and History.

“Under Elbert’s leadership, the Department has grown to be a multifaceted historical agency with a national reputation for excellence,” said Governor Barbour. “His efforts of historic preservation and archiving will leave a lasting impact on future generations of Mississippians.”

Mr. Hilliard is a native of Nitta Yuma, Mississippi, and received his bachelor’s degree from Delta State and his master’s degree from Mississippi State. After teaching history on the college and high school levels, he began working in 1965 at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as curator of history. He became director of the Division of Historic Sites and Archaeology in 1970 and the Department’s fifth director in 1973.

“This proclamation is a small token of the great legacy of public preservation and restoration Elbert leaves us with,” said Governor Barbour. “On behalf of all Mississippians, I thank him for his extraordinary service to the State and wish him much success in all his future endeavors.”

A public reception honoring Hilliard will be held Thursday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the Old Capitol Rotunda.


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