Prior to integration, Louisville, Mississippi, had two high schools: Louisville High School and Louisville Colored High School. When both schools were integrated, Louisville High School retained its name. Louisville Colored High School was changed to L.C. Eiland Middle School and lost its history along with its name. L.C. Eiland was named for the principal of Louisville Colored High School who initiated many reforms in the school, including an expanded curriculum, more teachers, and new classrooms. Unfortunately, there is no photograph or any other information in the school about Eiland. The school’s mascot, colors, song, yearbooks, trophies, and all other memorabilia were lost during integration, along with most other traces of Eiland’s work. In March 2002, Elmetra L. Eichelberger-Patterson of the Pacific News Service wrote about returning to her alma mater two years before to organize a school reunion. After seeing her school stripped of its identity and talking with an inspirational town figure, she mobilized her classmates to start a “heritage-restoration project.”These locals held a ceremony where Eiland’s picture was hung in the school. On June 13, 2006, at a meeting of the Louisville Board of Education, the NAACP addressed the restoration and preservation of the school’s history.
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