1884: Nation’s first state-supported college for women founded in Columbus

Mississippi Industrial Institute and College (MDAH Collection)
Mississippi Industrial Institute and College

Originally named the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, it became Mississippi State College for Women in 1920 and Mississippi University for Women in 1974.  It has been coeducational since 1982.

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1884: Ida B. Wells launches campaign in Memphis against segregation on trains

With this anti-segregation campaign, the Holly Springs native began her career as an activist and journalist. Wells would later become one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Visit the Ida B. Wells Museum to learn more about her life.

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