MARY HOLMES COLLEGE, West Point, Mississippi 39773. Aerial view of Mary Holmes College campus in wooded rural setting. Founded in 1892 by the Presbyterian Church, USA, the fully accredited two-year college offers transfer programs in liberal arts and career programs in business, chemical technology, computer science, and early childhood education. Programs tailored to individual needs.
Is this still functioning in any capacity? And are most of these buildings extant?
Parts of it are still in use by the county, but for the most part it is slowing falling apart. I grew up about 20 minutes from West Point out in the county. I was always curious as to why it couldn’t be saved. I think it was primarily based on dwindling number of students and a lack of funds to update the school. It closed in 2005 when I was graduting college, and as far as I remember I think the school went bankrupt.
It lost its accreditation, which also happened to Wood Jr. College in Mathiston about the same time.
My grandmother, Alberta Lampley McMorris was an English professor at Mary Holmes for over 20 years. She passed away at age 72 in 1994. She was the first Black person in our town to earn a Master’s Degree. She would be heartbroken to know that the campus has fallen into such disrepair.
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