The Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society will publish a book on the Mississippi lighthouse's history to raise money to rebuild the storm-ravaged structure. Brenda Finnegan, a society member from Ocean Springs, is writing the story of the lighthouse, located on a small island in the Mississippi Sound a few miles southwest of Pascagoula.
A photograph dated Nov. 9, 1892, showing the lighthouse and keeper's house on Round Island will be on the cover of the book. The group hopes to have the book in print by the end of the year. Last week, Bernie Hautman, president of the Lighthouse Preservation Society, presented Pascagoula Mayor Joe Cole a check for $16,690 to pay for engineering work to rebuild the structure. A federal grant will be used to finance part of the light house work. The city also is applying for a $291,298 grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The money would pay for putting together the bricks from the collapsed structure now stored at the Jackson County Port Authority, reinstalling the spiral stair case, painting the cupola and lighting the structure.