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 (of Wesson). Mr. Johnson graduated valedictorian from Alcorn A&M College, while Mrs. Johnson studied under Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute. The Prentiss Institute was an offspring of the Tuskegee Institute “emphasizing the training of the head, heart and hand.” The Johnsons also organized the Committee of One Hundred, which now is continued by the coalition of 100 black women and others.


Matthews, Jaman, Rememberance of Days Past: The Prentiss Institute at 100.