Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Historical Marker for Okolona College (MS)

Lena Mitchell has an article from July 27, 2014 on the djournal.com web site covering the unveiling of a roadside marker commemorating the history of Okolona College in northern Mississippi.
Mitchell writes that, "Nellie Minor Adams, a graduate of the high school in 1945 and the college in 1947, read the inscription from the historical marker:  The Okolona Normal and Industrial School was founded in 1902 by Dr. Wallace A. Battle. It educated African-Americans through high school and provided industrial training for young adults. At its peak the school’s enrollment topped 200 students annually. In 1921, the school became affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and a member of the American Church Institute for Negroes. The school changed its name to Okolona College in 1934 and closed in 1965.”
See an earlier post on the College History Garden with links to photographs and other resources.