Jessie Bryant Mosley was a founder of Jackson’s Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center—located in the city’s first public school for African Americans, which Mosley also led the fight to save from demolition—and former social science teacher. She established a childcare center near Poindexter and Barr elementary schools in Jackson and organized the Mississippi branch of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. Mosley led efforts to revitalize the Farish Street historic district and organized the first Women, Infants, and Children program in Jackson. She received the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award for promoting Black History Month, helping others understand the heritage of African Americans, and making positive changes in her community. She died in 2003 at age 99.
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