D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - After Hurricane Katrina swept away many of our historic sites, some coast residents decided to make a better effort to preserve our history. So they formed the D'Iberville Historical Society. Now they're building that city's legacy brick by brick.
People still crave hot fresh tamales served just the way the late Doris Deno made them for so many decades. Her family said continuing to dish up her tasty recipe is not the only way they're trying to keep memory alive.
"Every mother is special to everybody and the way to make someone to live forever is to immortalize their name in stone," said A.J. Deno, Doris' son. "So the future people of our city will know who D'Iberville's hot tamale lady was."
A brick will pay tribute to the hot tamale lady. A.J. Deno is president of the D'Iberville Historical society which is selling engraved bricks as part of a fundraiser.
"It's very important to preserve you past because in order to know where you're going you have to know where you've been," Deno said. "When you get citizens come visit your city, you want people to know who you was a group of people and what made you who you are today "
The bricks can feature the names of individuals or families or businesses. They will be placed here at the town green at the base of the cross and boulder display.
Misty Fayard Chastain is also with the D'Iberville Historical Society.
"I think it's great because the Downtown area is starting to grow back or try to grow back. It's kind of close to where the cross and the boulder used to be. It's kind of a central location. Families can go there and play or have a party."
The D'Iberville Historical Society has applications for people wanting to purchase bricks at Doris' Hot Tamales and at Back Bay Gun and Pawn. Each four by eight brick costs $50.