Dr. David W. White, Jr., Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong & Edward Steele

Dr. David W. White, Jr.

Dr. David W. White, Jr. was born in Hattiesburg on April 21, 1914.  He was a graduate of Talladega College and also attended Tougaloo College. White took a break from his academic studies to serve in the United States Army as a Chaplain Assistant during WWII.  After his service, he went on to graduate from the Chicago School of Optometry, now known as Illinois College of Optometry. White became the first African American Optometrist to practice in the State of Mississippi. He practiced in the Historic Farish Street District in Jackson for more than 50 years.

Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong

Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong Chamberlin is one of the first two African Americans to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi upon desegregation. She went on to become a recognized real estate agent in the Washington DC area.

Edward Steele

Edward Steele was an educator, coach and mentor. As football coach of Rowan High School, he achieved the unmatched record in the State of Mississippi of ten seasons undefeated.