Northwest Mississippi Community College
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Community college in Mississippi names its new student housing Calhoun Hall

March 12, 2021
Northwest Mississippi Community College says the residence hall is being named for Calhoun County, one of the areas it serves; the county is named for John C. Calhoun, a pro-slavery vice president and South Carolina senator prior to the Civil War.

Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Board of Trustees has voted to name its new residence hall “Calhoun Hall."

The college, situated in Senatobia, Miss., says in a news release that the building is named for Calhoun County, one of the areas served by the college.

"Calhoun County now joins six other counties in Northwest’s district – Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, and Tallahatchie – in having residence halls named for them," the college says in a news release.

Calhoun County is named for John C. Calhoun, a pro-slavery senator from South Carolina who also served as vice president under two presidents from 1825 to 1832.

The 45,000-square-foot, two-story Calhoun Hall will house 168 students in 84 rooms; eight of the rooms are built to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Each floor of the facility will have a large student lounge, quiet study rooms, laundry facilities, and vending. Each room will boast a private bath, and will accommodate living space for two students. Additionally, a central courtyard at the front entry to the building will provide outdoor space and benches for student gathering.

Construction began on the $10,523,500 project in spring 2020. The building will be ready for occupancy in August.

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