1909: Piney Woods Country Life School founded for vocational and secondary education of black students

Laurence Jones (MDAH Collection)
Laurence Jones

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.

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1909: Mississippi’s first Carnegie public library opens in Houston

Carnegie Library in Houston (MDAH Collection)
Carnegie Library in Houston

The library was built with support from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who funded public libraries across the country.

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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.

January 1, 1909: Prohibition goes into effect in Mississippi

Authorities confiscate $1,800 worth of liquor, Gulfport
Authorities confiscate $1,800 worth of liquor, Gulfport
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October 29, 1909: Mississippi Library Association organized by Whitman Davis, librarian at Mississippi A & M College

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