Mississippi Industrial College
Founded in 1905 by the Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, this 120 acre campus was once the home to The Mississippi Industrial College. The college was built in hopes to provide an education to the African American community. They could learn traits in agriculture and trades. In 1980, the college was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 1982 the school closed its doors for good. After desegregation of students in the south, the college struggled to enroll students into the college.
Backstory and Context
The school consisted of five major buildings, Catherine Hall, Washington Hall, Hammond Hall, Carnegie Auditorium, and Davis Hall (gymnasium). After the college shut its doors in 1982, the campus has since then been bought by it's neighboring college, Rust College. The neglected buildings have become a project for a rehabilitation program through several Mississippi funding sources.
In 1980, the Mississippi Industrial College was named a National Register of Historic Places. This historic landmark, which was first founded by the Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, has now become a focus of preservation.