Whitworth College founded in 1858 in Brookhaven, operated as a four-year, all-female, Methodist institution from 1858 until 1928. In 1928, it became a liberal arts junior college as part of the Millsaps System. In 1937, the Methodist Conference withdrew its support. In its time, the Whitworth College campus was a Civil War Confederate hospital, a junior college known for performances by prominent musicians, and an evening school for veterans attending college under the G.I. bill. The Whitworth campus was restored by the State of Mississippi and now serves as the site of the Mississippi School for the Arts.