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

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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.

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Be On The Lookout for a Gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top

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Vicksburg Police stopped a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top for a traffic violation.

 

The officer returned to his vehicle to write the citation and do an information check on the driver. When the officer began to return to the gray Impala the driver sped away.

The officer gave a brief chase but the car was too far gone. Police are at the Pizza Hut to gather information on the driver. There is no word at this time on why the driver might have fled from police. More on this story as the information comes available.

BOLO – Be On The Lookout for a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top.

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Shell casings found at Robert Walker Building

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The fight that led to shots fired at The Event Place last night also led to a conundrum; no one could  find the shell casings.

 

That all changed just a few minutes ago when a couple of Valley residents found them.

There were varying reports from eyewitness of the origin of the gunfire. Some thought they came from Washington Street and others said from Walnut Street. It turns out the shots were fired from the corner of South and Walnut street right next to the Robert Walker building.

The red marker shows the location where the shells casings were found. The Event Place is under the blue marker for Michel’s Record Shop.

Recovered were 4 nine millimeter rounds and one 40 cal round.

Here is a video from the scene:

 

 

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Amtrak resumes full Chicago-to-New Orleans service after flooding

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Amtrak’s City of New Orleans is back on its full route between Chicago and Louisiana.

Since May, the train trip ended in Jackson for travelers headed south, another victim of this year’s Mississippi River flooding. The route south of Jackson has been closed because the Louisiana tracks were in danger, reports WJTV.

“They have to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway at a certain point in flooding,” Knox Ross of the Southern Rails Commission told WJTV. “And when they do that it becomes dangerous for passenger trains to get into New Orleans.”

Not only was the closure an inconvenience for passengers forced to find alternatives to the popular train route, it cost Amtrak money.

“If they’re going to ride a bus, they’re just not going to buy a ticket, so all of that is at Amtrak expense,” Ross continued. “So when the Bonnet Carré Spillway opens they can’t run the trains. They have to be serviced here in Jackson or Memphis and Amtrak has to pay for the buses.”

“It’s the convenience, it’s the comfort and the fast time that it takes so it’s … better than the bus,” a passenger said.

The City of New Orleans makes the trip every day from Chicago to New Orleans, making seven stops in Mississippi, and then returns. It’s roughly 19 hours one way for the full trip.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Amtrak.com.

 

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