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Mississippi Industrial College

Mississippi Industrial College girls' dormitory

Mississippi Industrial College was a historically black college in Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was founded in 1905 by the Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. After desegregation of community colleges in the mid-twentieth century, it had trouble competing and eventually closed in 1982.


  • History 1
  • Notable faculty and alumni 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Intended to train students for agriculture and trades, the school was located on a 120-acre (49 ha) campus. The Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church founded it in 1905.[1] In January 1906 the first academic session began. Two hundred students were enrolled by May 1906. By 1908 the school had 450 students.[2]

By 1912 the college was running an extension program to allow students who didn't have time to attend its regular programs to benefit from the education it provided. According to the Times-Picayune, then president D. C. Potts told a meeting of the Mississippi Colored Methodist Conference in reference to this that "an institution [MIC] for which the people were sacrificing ought to be able to help more than the few students who attended its session."[3]

In 1982 the campus closed.[1] After the desegregation of Mississippi community colleges, many students chose to go to other schools. In addition, student expectations were changing.[4]

In November 1999 the Mississippi Industrial College Alumni Association, Inc. (MICAAI) was organized in order to preserve the campus and buildings. The University of Mississippi said "the campus now lies in disrepair."[5] In 2008 Rust College acquired the defunct institution's campus.[6]

Notable faculty and alumni

  • Elias Cottrell, born into slavery(1853-1937), college's founder, 7th Bishop of the CME Church, Elected, 1894.
  • Paul A.G. Stewart, '61, 50th Bishop of the CME Church, Elected, 1998.
  • Jim Thomas - Canadian Football League All-Star, '63
  • Oree Broomfield '53, 45th Bishop of the CME Church, Elected 1982.
  • C. D. Coleman, '47, 36th Bishop of the CME Church, Elected, 1974.
  • Dr. J. Y. Trice, '46, Minister, Presiding Elder, CME Church, Mayor, City of Rosedale, MS (1985-2001)
  • Lawrence Autry, '52, and Irwin Whitaker, '63, First Black elected Superintendent of Education, Marshall and Leflore County
  • Charles Jones, '67, and Charles Robinson, '68, served as Superintendent of Education in Arkansas School Districts.
  • Earl Glass, '63, NCAA, nation's basketball leading scorer in 1962-63, 42.9 per game. 5th leading scorer in NCAA history.
  • First Black Mayors - Viola Foster, '56, Plantersville, Frank Jones, '63, Oakland, MS & Dr. Jessie Edwards,'75, Coldwater, MS, town's library named in his
 honor, Mayor of the town from 1989-2001 & 2005-13.
  • Dr. Lacey Reynolds, '74, Basketball Coach, MIC, Lemoyne-Owen College, Grambling, Texas Southern (TSU), Prof.,of P.E., TSU.
  • Lafayette Stribling, '57, Mississippi High School Activities Association Hall of Fame, and SWAC Hall of Fame Basketball coach
  • Robert Ledbetter,'60,Football Coach (HS), Norfolk State University, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets.
  • Paul Holly, '59, educator, ABA, NBA Basketball Official, Collegiate Football and Basketball Official.
  • Dr. E. E. Rankin, '36, President MIC, 1957-78.
  • W. M. Frazier, President, MIC, 1933-55.
  • Dr. Elbert B. White,'65, Assoc, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, & Assoc, Professor of Engineering at George Mason University.
  • Osborne Bell, '63, First Black elected Sheriff of Marshall County since reconstruction.
  • Jesse Townsend, '57, drafted by the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League in 1957. Once struck out twenty-four batters in one game.
  • Dr. Fred Pinson, MD,'1910, Dr. Ansell R. Russell, MD,'1911, and Dr. Dr. S. N. Sisson, MD,'1917 (7).
  • Mary Callaway, '1912, M. A., English, Stanford University, 1916. Thesis, "Timon of Athens in the Elizabethan Drama" <8> Cubberley Library, Stanford University Press, Catalogue of Graduate Students Pg. 58, 1916.


  1. ^ a b Nancy C. Curtis (1996). Black Heritage Sites: An African American Odyssey and Finder's Guide. ALA Editions. p. 146.  
  2. ^ Henry H. Mitchell (15 October 2004). Black Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities Of The First Years. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 159.  
  3. ^ "Hazlehurst Has Big Church Day Sessions of Mississippi Conference Held at Several Churches -- All Well". The Daily Picayune (Times-Picayune). December 16, 1912. p. 16. 
  4. ^ Charles S. Aiken (24 March 2003). The Cotton Plantation South Since the Civil War. JHU Press. p. 368.  
  5. ^ "Mississippi Industrial College." (Archive) University of Mississippi. Retrieved on May 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Rust acquires MI College property," The South Reporter, 28 August 2008. Retrieved on May 6, 2012.

7. Dr. Jessie J. Edwards, '75, Mississippi Industrial College

External links

  • Mississippi Industrial College(Archive) University of Mississippi.
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