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New Mural in Honor of Rust Female President Dr. Ivy R. Taylor

by Mary LeSure –

Holly Springs, Miss. – A new mural made its debut on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Rust College entitled “History Happens Here.” The Student Activities staff, Mrs. Marianne Ogutu, Ms. Keana Wash, and Mr. Gino Pierre, presented the mural to President Taylor in honor of her being the first female president of Rust College.

“My staff and I are so pleased to honor the Dr. Taylor in this way.” said Marianne Ogutu, Director of Student Activities. “I want to give a major thanks to Mr. Robert Banks for the vision and creating a mural that will not only catch anyone’s eye but will also tell a story.” Banks created murals throughout the front area of the recreation center. “Each mural reflects the history of Rust College. The markers are a visual reminder and permanent historical record educating both students and visitors.” said Banks.

Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to offer quality programs in business, education, humanities, science and math, and social science to prepare students for leadership and service in a global society.

Located in Holly Springs, MS, Rust College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Visit Rust College’s student center today and check out all of the wall murals.

For more information about Rust College, call (662) 252-8000, or visit www.rustcollege.edu.  Or follow @rustcollege.bearcats1866 on Instagram.

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