B.F. Ford School

African American school during segregation. Mattie Thompson School was the white school during segregation.

Dr. D.M. Forster

D.M. Forster was one of the first African American doctors to practice medicine in Union County. He came to the […]

Folsom, Jimmy Crawford

Jimmy Crawford Folsom, Sr., was one of the first black men to vote in Union County in the 1930s. He […]

Ford, Benjamin F.

B.F. Ford was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1893 and came to New Albany in 1921 to serve as principal […]

Hill, Siddell

Members of the Siddell, Hill, and Barry families were the first to integrate Union County schools.

Howell, Jesse Lee

Jesse Lee Howell lived from 1892 to 1972. He worked as both a railroad hand and a farmer. It is […]

Jones, J.W.

Jones was the owner and publisher of The Community Citizen, which circulated in New Albany, during the Civil Rights Movement.

Lynching of L.Q. Ivy

(1925) On September 18, 1925, just over the county line in the sleepy Union County community of Rocky Ford, a […]

New Albany (Union County)

New Albany, the “Fair and Friendly City,”is the county seat of Union County, in the northeast corner of the State […]

School Desegregation in Union County

(1875-1950s) The first schools in Union County were established around 1875. In 1901, New Albany began construction of the first […]

Smith, J. Bryant

Superintendent of the New Albany School District from 1964-70. He was responsible for the integration of the city schools.

The Community Citizen

In the 1950s, an African American man from New Albany named J.W. Jones published a semimonthly newspaper called The Community […]

Union County Data Dashboard

Demographic data that helps add context to many historical events.

Wade, Geneva

Geneva Wade was born to a family of tenant farmers in the Myrtle community, just northwest of New Albany in […]

Watson, Rev. Samuel

Watson was pastor of Watson Grove M.B. Church beginning in 1932.