Outstanding Black Women of Yalobusha County

Stories of unsung black women who made or are making a difference in Yalobusha County, Mississippi

About the Picture

Aside from my grandmother, Jane Ophelia Williams Pritchard  (Dec 20, 1871 – Sept 15, 1969) in the white bonnet, the names of the remaining women standing on the courthouse steps in Water Valley, Mississippi in the late 1800’s, are unknown.  They are also holding similar bags in their hands.  Contact us if you can identify any of them or have additional information.

Featured Article 43 – May 2020

2020 Article Archive

These articles also appear in The North Mississippi Herald at yalnews.com.

About the Author

Dottie Chapman Reed is a native of Water Valley, Mississippi. She graduated from Davidson High School in 1970 and the University of Mississippi in 1974. She has launched a project to compile and share information about black women in Yalobusha County who have made an impact on the African American community. Her column appears bi-monthly in the North Mississippi Herald . The next phase of the project is underway black families have the opportunity to record their oral histories. See Article 27, “Preserving our History to Help us Understand our Past and Present,” for more details.