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Wayne & Minnie Cox African American History Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM2001-48

Overview

Historical information regarding Wayne Wellington Cox and his wife, Minnie M. Geddings Cox.

An article titled "The Unsung Heroes of Mississippi", which provides historical information regarding Wayne Wellington Cox and his wife, Minnie M. Geddings Cox. Wayne Cox was an educator and businessman in Indianola, Mississippi. In 1904, he and his wife founded the Delta Penny Savings Bank in Indianola, which is believed to be the first African American bank in Mississippi. The Coxes also participated in organizing the Mississippi Beneficial Insurance Company in 1909. Minnie Cox was appointed postmistress of Indianola in 1891, by President Benjamin Harrison - the first African American woman to hold such a position. In 1902 a controversy arose over retaining Mrs. Cox as postmistress, leading to the closing of the Indianola Post Office from January 1903 to February 1904. Also in the collection is a letter written by Zellie Rainey Orr, which provides additional historical data pertaining to Wayne and Minnie Cox.

Dates

  • circa 2001

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Extent

2 Items : 302A.B1.A3

Provenance

Given By : Donated by Ms. Zellie Rainey Orr
Title
Wayne & Minnie Cox African American History Collection

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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