Happy Birthday to the Industrial Institute and College (Mississippi University for Women)

Drawing of I.I. & C. from 1885. On right is an image of the college's dedication in 1885 and left is Callaway Hall (built in 1847 and used as dorms and classrooms) with the addition of Orr Chapel. (Image from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1885)

On March 12, 1884, Mississippi created the first public college for women in the country, the Industrial Institute and College (or II & C). II & C, located on College Street, absorbed the former private Columbus Female Institute (established 1847). A combination of classical, normal (or teaching), and industrial training the school was hailed around the world as revolutionary. The school changed its name to Mississippi University for Women (MUW) in 1974 and became coed in 1982.

Industrial Institute and College, General View Dormitories and Chapel, c. 1901 (Image from Billups-Garth Photograph Collection, folder LH 174, at Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Columbus, MS).

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