James Cohen & Dr. Alfred Simpson, Sr.

James Cohen

James Cohen was a well-respected businessman, pharmacist, and community leader. Upon receiving his degree from Xavier University, he began working at Smith Drug Company as a pharmacist alongside E. Hammond Smith, whom he eventually purchased the business. In addition to operating Cohen Drug Company, he was involved in numerous organizations such as the NAACP, the Hattiesburg Association for Civic Improvement, and the South Mississippi Business Association.

Dr. Alfred Simpson, Sr.

Alfred Simpson was a star athlete at Rowan High School, who as senior quarterback led the undefeated team to capture the “Black Big Eight State Championship.” Dedicating his life to higher education, he received his doctorate in engineering and technology from Ohio State University and served as a professor at West Virginia State College for several years and then for 25 years at California University of Pennsylvania (now Penn West).