A plaque at Pioneers Plaza at the W recognizes the first African-American students who enrolled in 1966. Photo by: Chris Jenkins/MUW University Relations
February 17, 2018 9:56:32 PM
Mississippi University for Women will dedicate a new campus space, Pioneers Plaza, which honors individuals who have contributed to shaping the university's history, on Friday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m.
The first six African-American students who enrolled at The W in 1966 will be recognized on this day. They included Diane Hardy, Barbara Turner and Laverne Greene as undergraduates and Jacqueline Edwards, Mary L. Flowers and Eula M. Houser as graduate students. All were from Columbus.
"We are excited about this new space on campus, which is a visible way for us to honor the rich history of our university," said MUW President Jim Borsig. "Pioneers Plaza is an opportunity for us to recognize the courage of those individuals whose actions marked major turning points in our history."
The program will include remarks by the honored guests, followed by a reception.
The campus community and public are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Pioneers Plaza, the corridor that stretches from Carrier Chapel east toward Welty Hall.