Today, the 2,000 acre school, founded by Dr. Laurence C. Jones, is one of only four historically African American boarding schools left in the United States. Piney Woods accepts students grades 9-12 and has a maximum enrollment of 200 students.Link to the catalog
1909: Piney Woods Country Life School founded for vocational and secondary education of black students
1909: Mississippi’s first Carnegie public library opens in Houston
The library was built with support from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who funded public libraries across the country.Link to the catalog
1909: Ida B. Wells-Barnett helps found National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Wells-Barnett was born in Mississippi, but later lived in Memphis and Chicago.
1909: First Mississippi PTA chapter founded in Crystal Springs
1909: Meridian acquires Dentzel Carousel
The carousel was manufactured in 1896 by Gustav Dentzel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. It has been restored and is still in its original location in Meridian’s Highland Park.