Honorees

 

2018 Honorees

Rosa Stewart

She began her teaching career in 1922 at the Oktibbeha County Training School, where she taught until she retired. Rosa Stewart was the first African American to run for the Starkville Board of Aldermen.

Sadye Wier

In 1943, she was hired by the Mississippi State Cooperative Extension Service, becoming the first African American home demonstration agent. She learned how to establish and run canneries at the Ball Jar Canning Company in Indiana, returning to open several canneries in the area.

2019 Honorees

Wilson Ashford Sr.

As a quiet man who made a significant impact on our county, he was also instrumental in organizing the first chapter of the Oktibbeha County NAACP.

Adelaide Jeanette Elliott

She was active in marches and boycotts to protest the inequality experienced by African Americans. In addition, she was a winning basketball coach at her school, who challenged her students to become great citizens.

Dorothy L. Bishop

She was the first woman president of the NAACP in Oktibbeha County. She saw soldiers of the Civil War, WWI, and WWII being honored, but not those soldiers of the Civil Rights movement. She approached the Board of Supervisors and pointed out this inequity and they listened.  
The result is this Unity Park. 

Carole McReynolds Davis

 Well known in Oktibbeha County for her art, she was a member of the first Race Relations Team in Starkville during the 90’s when Martin Luther King Day became a celebration for all of the people of this community.

She helped to break down barriers between the races with her
many paintings.