OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- For years, Okolona resident Nathaniel Cunningham says he's been looking for the grave of a woman who made a huge impact on the Chickasaw County community.
"She was actually the first African American educator in Chickasaw County," said Cunningham.
Cunningham says he and several others were searching for Ms. Fannie Carter's grave for some time, and suddenly, heard from one of Ms. Carter's family members from several states away.
"Somebody heard that we were trying to do this in Colorado, I don't know how," said Cunningham.
That's how Cunningham was able to get what is believed to be a picture of Ms. Carter's daughter according to the family member from Colorado. He then commissioned an artist to make a portrait of.
Former Okolona Mayor, Sherman Carouthers, says it's important to remember and honor the woman he says gave the land that the current high school sits on, which was called Fannie Carter High and later changed to Okolona High School.
"Being a former slave born in 1855 and dying in 1906 [she] had a vision to help to instill an educational value with the children of this community it's so important and it must never be lost- we must preserve that history," said Carouthers.
For her outstanding positive change in her community during her lifetime and beyond Ms. Fannie Carter is Positively Mississippi.