Date Original



The collection contains one photographic print of the New Farmers of America (NFA) Chapter, Okolona Colored High School, later known as Simmons High School, Okolona, Arkansas, circa 1950s.

Biographical/Historical Note

Simmons High School, originally known as the Okolona Colored High School was located in Okolona, Clark County, Arkansas. The school’s first graduating class was in 1948. In 1951, the school's name changed to Simmons High School, in honor of its first female principal, Mrs. Hugh Simmons. Simmons High School and Okolona High School integrated in 1969. Most of Simmons school buildings were later torn down. In an effort to preserve the awareness of Simmons High School, the Simmons High School Alumni Association submitted a photograph of the New Farmers of America (NFA) with sponsor, Mr. Hugh Simmons, circa 1950s. With integration, organizational names also changed. The New Farmers of America (NFA) became the Future Farmers of America. The project was made possible with a Black History Grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas).

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Okolona, Clark County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Simmons High School photograph, MS.000358


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Simmons High School photograph, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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