Founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association, Tougaloo College is a private liberal arts college located in Madison County, Mississippi. In 1954, the school was combined with Southern Christian Institute (SCI) to initially form Tougaloo Southern Christian College but was later renamed again to Tougaloo College. In the 1960s, the college was on the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, serving as a safe haven for the Freedom Riders and other Civil Rights workers. It’s current president, Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, is the first female to take the post.
Notable Alumni Include: civil rights activist Anne Moody; Reuben V. Anderson, first Black judge to sit on the Mississippi Supreme Court; and actor Aunjanue Ellis.