Ralph W. Woullard, Sr. was an influential leader in Hattiesburg’s African American community. As Pastor of Antioch and Shady Grove Baptist Churches, he became an officer in the National Baptist Association and a leader in the National Baptist Convention.
Moses Bourne was a licensed barber and a successful businessman. His barbershop was located in in the Crosby Hotel in the historic Mobile-Bouie neighborhood.
Dr. Charles Smith was a community leader and medical doctor. His medical office was on the top floor of Smith Drug Company on historic Mobile Street. Dr. Smith was very involved in community health initiatives, and he was frequently found at community events promoting health and wellness. During World War II, he provided occasional medical services to African American soldiers at the East Sixth Street USO Club.