Central Mississippi College

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Central Mississippi College
Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi, U.S.
School typePrivate Black grammar school, high school, normal school, junior college
Established1893 (1893)
NewspaperCentral Mississippi College Gazette

Central Mississippi College was a segregated school for African American students established in 1893 by Baptist associations in Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.[1][2] The school served in many capacities, including in its early history as a grammar school, a high school, and a normal school;[1] and in later history it was a junior college (college extension school).[3]


Central Mississippi College opened in 1893. The school curriculum included tailoring, dressmaking, milinary, gardening, photography, typography, printmaking, and music.[1][2][4] The educational journal, the Central Mississippi College Gazette was published by the school.[4]

In 1908, school attendance was 336 students, with 8 teachers.[1] By 1913, the school attendance was 158 students.[2] William Avery Singleton served as the school president in c. 1910–1913.[1][2] S. S. Lynch was school president in c. 1949–1953.[3][5]

Kosciusko Industrial Institute was a different Baptist school for African Americans, also located in Kosciusko, Mississippi.[2][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Hartshorn, W. N.; Penniman, George W., eds. (1910). An Era of Progress and Promise: 1863–1910. Boston, MA: Priscilla Pub. Co. p. 271. OCLC 5343815.
  2. ^ a b c d e Negro Education: A Study of the Private and Higher Schools for Colored People in the United States. Vol. 2. United States Office of Education. 1917. pp. 372–373.
  3. ^ a b Patterson, Homer L. (1949). Patterson's American Education. Vol. 46. Educational Directories. p. 285.
  4. ^ a b c Ashford, Evan Howard (July 27, 2022). Mississippi Zion: The Struggle for Liberation in Attala County, 1865–1915. University Press of Mississippi. p. 1858. ISBN 978-1-4968-3974-9.
  5. ^ Dansby, B. Baldwin (1953). A Brief History of Jackson College: A Typical Story of the Survival of Education Among Negroes in the South. Jackson College. p. 180.