1920: Legislature creates State Board of Accounting, Board of Optometry, and Board of Pharmacy

1920: Lee M. Russell becomes Mississippi’s fortieth governor

Governor Lee Russell
Governor Lee Russell

Russell served from 1920 to 1924.

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1920: Second KKK begins recruitment strategy by adding anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic agenda to its anti-black sentiments

KKK Robe
KKK Robe

This Klan was different from the Klan of the late 1800s as it was no longer purely a southern phenomenon but drew members from the Midwest as well.

1920: Mississippi School and Colony for Feebleminded opens in Jones County to care for and educate people with disabilities

1920: “College Orchestra” formed at Mississippi Normal College

The orchestra is now called the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

February 12, 1920: Mississippi Industrial Institute and College becomes Mississippi State College for Women

Female college students roller skating on campus, Columbus
Female college students roller skating on campus, Columbus
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August 18, 1920: Women win right to vote

Although the required three-fourths of the states ratified the 19th amendment granting suffrage to women, Mississippi did not ratify it until 1984.

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