1953: School districts are consolidated and equalization begins (1953-1954)

Christian Union Colored School (MDAH Collection)
Christian Union Colored School

The plan was enacted in an effort to make separate schools more equal in order to forestall integration.

Image:  Before any redistricting or consolidation could take place, the law required that surveys of existing school facilities be made. This photograph was taken as part of that survey.

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1953: Jack Cristil broadcasts his first Mississippi State football game

Jack Cristil (Courtesy of Bill Aron and the Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
Jack Cristil

The voice of the MSU Bulldogs for almost sixty years, Jack Cristil was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.  Generations of football and basketball fans have heard Cristil proclaim “wrap it up in maroon and white” after Bulldog victories.

January 20, 1953: WJTV Channel 25, state’s first television station, goes on the air

The first broadcast was the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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