Picayune in Pearl River County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Picayune Colored High School
Picayune's first public high school for African Americans was established here in 1918. John Prentiss (J.P.) Johnson served as principal from 1943 to 1950, when a new school was constructed at another location in Picayune. He continued as principal at the new school, known as Carver High School, until integration in 1970. Johnson's first graduating class as principal in 1944 consisted of two students: Lula Mae Brown and Lou Ela Roche (Lather) were valedictorian and salutatorian respectively.
Erected 2019 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education.
Location. 30° 31.536′ N, 89° 40.293′ W. Marker is in Picayune, Mississippi, in Pearl River County. Marker is on North Jackson Avenue north of East Canal Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Picayune MS 39466, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pearl River County - Area Confederate Companies (approx. half a mile away); Southern Railroad LogoTank Car CROX 2027 (approx. half a mile away); Picayune (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pinecote Pavilion (approx. 1.6 miles away); The "Hancock Rebels" (approx. 4.4 miles away); Santa Rosa (approx. 8.2 miles away); John C. Stennis Space Center (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Picayune.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.