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Eash, Wallace and Laura

Wallace and Laura Eash came from a farm in Iowa and served for 10 years in Mississippi. Under the direction […]

Height, Dorothy

Educator and noted civil rights activist Dorothy Height talks about Heifer’s involvement at the Prentiss Institute as the inspiration for […]

Hooker, Rosie and Alexander, Luther

Rosie Hooker and Luther Alexander also presently serve on the board of directors for the Institute. Mrs. Hooker is a […]

Jefferson Davis County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Johnson, Bertha LeBranche

Bertha LaBranche Johnson was born in Wesson. She was the co-founder of not only the Prentiss Institute but also the […]

Johnson, Jonas Edward “J.E.”

In 1907 the Prentiss Institute was founded by Jonas Edward “J.E.”Johnson (a Laurel native) and his wife Bertha LaBranche Johnson […]

Metzger, Thurl

Thurl Metzger, former Heifer executive director, was involved in the project since its inception, visiting the Prentiss campus many times. […]

Myers, Lulla

Presently, Lulla Myers is president of the Prentiss Institute board of directors, the only remaining functioning body of the school […]

The Prentiss Institute

Jefferson Davis County was carved out of surrounding counties in 1906. In 1907 the Prentiss Institute opened its doors. Jonas […]