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.

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projects & events


Dottie Chapman Reed launched this project to compile and share information about black women in Yalobusha County who made an impact on the African American community. Her column appeared bi-monthly in the North Mississippi Herald.


The next phase of the project, in conjunction with the University of Mississippi, is underway featuring black families of Yalobusha. The first article is listed under the Family History tab and features the Love Family. Updates and occasional articles may appear here and in the Herald.

About the Author


A native of Water Valley, Mississippi and graduate of the University of Mississippi now residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Dottie retired from a career in education and corporate America. Aside from recruiting for her alma mater for three years she worked for East Tennessee State University, The Wall Street Journal and McGraw-Hill before starting her own business. She continues to work as a business development consultant and columnist.