Panola College sponsors Black History Month lecture

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Rev. J.T. Harris speaks at Panola College on Feb. 18.

On February 18, the Panola College History and Government Departments sponsored a Black History Month lecture in the Murphy-Payne Community Room in the M.P. Baker Library. The Rev. J.T. Harris, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church and former Panola College student, spoke on the life and legacy of Mrs. James Louisa Elizabeth Holland Monnie.

“Rev. Harris’ lecture was informative and inspiring,” said Larry Wade, professor of history, government, and geography at Panola College. “He explained the relevance of local history by highlighting the life and legacy of Mrs. James Louisa Elizabeth Holland Monnie, who, at 12-years-old, became the first African American public school teacher in Panola County. Her story is truly fascinating.”