Rust College


A liberal arts college, Rust College is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. It is the second-oldest private college in the state, founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1870, the school was chartered as Shaw University, honoring Reverend S.O. Shaw who gave $10K to the new institution. By 1915, the name was changed to the more realistic Rust College. The college’s first president the Reverend A.C. McDonald, stated the purpose of the school was “not do hot-house work, seeking to hurry students through a college curriculum, as do many mushroom schools in the South” but to prepare “our pupils for long lives of usefulness to themselves, their race, and the church.”

Notable Alumni Include: composer Lucie Campbell; activist and newspaper editor Ida B. Wells; and journalist Clinton LeSueur.