Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wordless Wednesday
Brookhaven Colored High School 1931

This is the last graduating class of Brookhaven Colored High School, 1931.
1st Row
Alice Brown, Sudora Davis, Florene Patton, Latrell Sinclair, Elease Francis, Mary Barton, Thelma Phillips
2nd Row
Robert Tillman, Ruth Walker, Lillian Evans, ?, Frances Norwood, Ruby Cupit, Charles Walker, Levi Bracey
3rd Row
?, Anne Newton, Alice Allen, ?, Elizabeth Harvey, Mazie Clark, Curtis Robinson
Last Row
Principal P D Gullage and Teacher, Thelma Pendelton
Photograph Courtesy of
Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library
100 S. Jackson St
Brookhaven, MS 39601


  1. What I noticed first about this photo is the tough looks on the faces. Were they mad at having their photos taken? And their big legs. After that I spent some time looking at the faces more closely.

  2. I first noticed how short the dresses were...They probably were tired. Working, worry, school work, difficult teacher, demanding principal, contending with the relatives they lived with, and dealing with complaining parents probably took the joy out of what they had accomplished.

  3. Like you, my first reaction to this photo was surprise about how short dresses were in 1931. It's amazing how quickly styles apparently changed in the early part of the 20th century from skirts that went to the ankles to dresses above the knees.

  4. It is amazing that you have the names of most of the students.