Lost Opportunities at Mary Holmes College, West Point MS


After seeing an abandoned high school in Montpelier, the first thing I saw upon arriving in West Point was an abandoned college campus. Mary Holmes College had been a two-year school, supported by the Presbyterian church, and historically Black. Strict “No Trespassing” signs kept me from exploring the campus, but it seems a sad and forlorn place. It especially annoys me that at a time when more educational opportunities are needed, particularly for young Black men, colleges are being closed rather than new ones opening. But there’s always money for a new prison, or a war.

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