MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, the first black high school in Desoto County was designated as a Mississippi historical landmark Saturday.
Hernando Central High School was the first public school built for black students in Desoto County in 1958.
Saturday, dozens of people attended the celebration at Oak Grove Central Elementary, which was formerly Hernando Central High.
The school consisted of first through 12th grade. It was a huge asset to the community.
“This school produced lawyers, doctors, politicians, it was a community. Like we say, it takes a village to raise a village. That’s what we had here in Hernando from 1958 to 1970,” says Andrew Miller.
Miller was part of the last graduating class before Hernando Central was integrated.