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W.I. Mitchell Home Site

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (State Historical Landmark)


In 1877, W.I. Mitchell became the first black principal of Union Academy, the first African-American school. Prior to becoming principal, he was also a teacher. From 1907 to 1913, he served as president of The Penny-Savings Bank, the first African-American bank in Columbus, Mississippi.

Columbus, MS


7th Avenue and 16th Street North
Columbus, MS 39701
  • African American History
  • Urban History
This location was created on 2014-06-06 by Christopher Leadingham, Appalachian Studies Association   It was last updated on 2014-06-06 by Christopher Leadingham, Appalachian Studies Association

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