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New historic marker in Vicksburg honors first African American woman PhD in Education



Vicksburg is full of history. Whether it’s the infamous Siege of Vicksburg in 1863 during the Civil War, the Vicksburg National Military Park or being home to dozens of historic landmarks, the city’s rich and colorful past continues to entice residents and visitors to explore.

The McAllister House in Vicksburg. Image from MDAH.

This past Saturday, Aug. 10, more history was made when the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the City of Vicksburg honored Vicksburg native Jane Ellen McAllister with a historical marker placed in front of her former home at 1403 Main Street.

Born in Vicksburg in 1899, McAllister graduated from high school at age 15, and went on to enroll in Talladega College in Alabama, graduating with honors in 1919. She earned her masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1921.

In 1929, McAllister became the first African American woman in the United States to receive her doctorate in education. She received the degree from Columbia University in New York. From there, McAllister went on to

Jane Ellen McAllister. Image public domain.

become a nationally renowned professor of education at Fisk University, in Nashville, Tenn. She also taught at Virginia State University and The Hampton Institute in Virginia, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C., where she taught for 25 years, and at Jackson State University in Mississippi, where she taught from from 1952 to 1967. The McAllister-Whitehead residence hall at JSU is named for her and her colleague, Mary Whiteside.

McAllister’s teaching career lasted for more than 40 years. She retired in 1970, returning to her beloved hometown, where she lived in her family home until she passed away in 1996.

Today there are plans to turn her house in Vicksburg into a museum.

McAllister-Whitehead women’s residence hall on the campus of Jackson State University.


BREAKING: One person shot in Kings community



The scene of a shooting in the Kings community. (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg Police and other first responders are on the scene of a shooting where a 19-year old male has been apparently been shot.

A call of shots fired on North Washington Street in the Kings community in Vicksburg came in at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

One person, a 19-year-old male, has apparently been shot in the buttocks. The wound is not life-threatening.

Police are searching for the shooter and have the area cordoned off. Please avoid the area if possible.

Vicksburg Daily News is on the scene. Watch our live streaming video on our Facebook page.

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Vicksburg PD brings four individuals to court for initial appearances Friday



Left to right: William Mayberry, Jacorvin Taylor, Walter Lee Hardy and Joshua Moore. (photos from the Vicksburg PD)

The Vicksburg Police Department brought four individuals into Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday on charges ranging from possession of controlled substances to the theft of a firearm.

Judge Angela Carpenter presided over the initial court appearances and set bonds in each of the cases.

William Mayberry, 43, of Vicksburg, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15 at his residence by officers of the Vicksburg Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team. He was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of heroin, and one count of sale of methamphetamine. Carpenter bound Mayberry over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $75,000.00 bond.

Jacorvin Taylor, 29, of Shreveport, La., was arrested for felony shoplifting on Thursday, Jan. 16. His arrest is the result of an investigation into the theft of over $9,000 of merchandise from Dillard’s which occurred on Jan. 15, 2019. Carpenter bound Taylor over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $30,000.00 bond.

Walter Lee Hardy, 19, of Vicksburg, was taken into custody on Thursday, Jan. 16, charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Carpenter bound Hardy over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $2,500 bond.

Joshua Moore, 28, of Vicksburg, turned himself in on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine on Friday, Jan. 17. Carpenter bound Moore over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $5,000 bond.

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the following incidents on Thursday, Jan. 16:

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Churchill Drive at 8:30 p.m. in reference to a residential burglary. The resident stated a white gold seven-cluster ring, an Echo Dot smart speaker and a Michael Kors purse were missing.

At 10:58 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Mundy Street in reference to shots fired. They found no evidence of shots being fired.

If you have an information on any of these incidents, please contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.


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Hinds CC named a top college for online associate degrees



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Hinds Community College has been named among the best online colleges in the nation for associate degrees for 2020.

Seattle-based, an independent academic research group, gave Hinds the designation Most Online Class Options among a group of 60 regionally accredited institutions that offer associate degrees and have fully online programs available. The comprehensive research guide was based on an initial study of 383 education programs at 149 accredited colleges and universities offering associate degrees, with 60 institutions making the academic research group’s list of finalists.

Programs were rated on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Hinds rated 30th out of the 60 finalists overall on those factors and was the lone two-year college in Mississippi named a finalist.

Hinds Community College offers nearly 500 online class sections each fall, spring, and summer semester through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), a consortium of 15 community colleges in Mississippi offering internet-based courses. Students at its member colleges are offered flexibility in testing and other vital resources.

For spring 2020, Hinds has experienced an increase of 4.5 percent in online students taking both academic and career-tech courses, compared to spring 2019. provides comprehensive information on higher education programs as well as financial aid, internships and study strategies, among other resources. Results of the survey may be found at

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