Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Work on Negro School to Start Soon

The Alexander High School Football - Big 8 Champions 1939 of Brookhaven, Mississippi, standing in front of a building, which might be the new one referred to in the newspaper article below. The start of the new building was in 1936.

The next big project up for the WPA will be the negro school building, which will cost over $35,000 according to present estimates. It will be a modern, brick veneer building and one that should be a credit to the community. Work should be underway in the next two or three weeks.

The present school is badly in need of replacing and there are few who do not rejoice with our colored friends in the fact that this dilapidated building is to be replaced with an attractive, efficiently planned one.

1st row - George Evans - trainer, Earl Dickson, J.C. Blackwell, Willie McDaniel, Lamar Lenoir, John Dow, Mack Smith - trainer

2nd row - Leroy Wilson, John Collins, Joseph Levi, Leander Wells, Willie McGee, David Crump, James Crump

3rd row - Robert Wesley, Edward Spencer, Frank Cook, David Smith, Murray Crushon, Roscoe Brown, Jack Evans, Charles Hunter, Robert Green

4th row - Coach Robert Wolf, H.E. Brown - trainer, James Albert Davis, Robert Johnson, Sterling Culver, Gerald Smith, J. May, E.W. Wesley, Woodrow Coleman, Robert Green, Tommy Hill - trainer, and Head Coach C.N. Buchanan, and J.W. McDaniel, J. E. Smith

Photograph Courtesy of Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library
100 South Jackson Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601

Lincoln County Times
Jan 11 1936
Brookhaven, MS


  1. Glad there was a new school. Those old newspaper articles, cheez.

    1. No matter how many of these old articles I read, I have to pause and refocus.

  2. According to the nomination form for the Alexander Teen Center (gymnasium built by the same principal who secured the funding for the new school, later named Alexander High School in his honor), the school burned in 1952.

    1. The "new" school was destroyed by fire. The school has had three names: Brookhaven Colored School, Gulledge School and Alexander High School.

  3. Thank you for the information.This is what genealogy is all about.

  4. The newspaper article isn't very long--yet those few sentences tell a story that is steeped in history.