Linda Williams Cross is one of the first African Americans to enroll at William Carey College after desegregation in 1965. She was also one of the first African Americans employed with Mississippi Power Company.
Henry Murphy was the owner of several buildings on Historic Mobile Street, including a three story building that housed Liberty Cab Company, a public laundry, and other businesses. These businesses were on the bottom floor with the remaining floors serving as a hotel.
Lawrence “Junior” Floyd, Jr., an Air Force veteran, was one of the first African Americans to become a police officer for the City of Hattiesburg in 1965. He was also well-known as a semi-professional baseball player with the Hattiesburg Black Sox.