A Monument to Honor the Life of a Great American

“I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.”

A monument was placed in Anderson Park on the historic downtown square of Carthage back on February 22, 2018 (to coincide with Black History Month). The monument contains a bust of Dr. Jefferson together with an informative plaque.

The monument has been designed, built, and paid for. The Commissioners Court of Panola County unanimously and enthusiastically supported this project. The artwork was designed and completed by artist and sculptor Bob Harness.

As Dedicated On The Square
The Bust
DR. MILDRED FAYE JEFFERSON

Dr. Mildred Faye Jefferson, born in 1926, was reared
in Panola County and graduated from Carthage
Public Schools.  Dr. Jefferson was a tralblazer and is
nationally recognized leader of the Right-to-Life
movement, serving three terms as president of the
National Right-to-Life Committee of which she was
a founder. She graduated Summa cum laude from
Texas College in Tyler, Texas, and in 1951 became
the first African-American woman to graduate from
Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jefferson served as a
general surgeon with the former Boston University
Medical Center and as Assistant Clinical Professor of
Surgery at Boston University Medical School. Dr.
Jefferson's purpose in life is best explained in her
own words: “I am not willing to stand aside and
allow this concept of expendable human lives to
turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive
reservation where only the perfect, the privileged,
and the planned have the right to live.” Dr. Jefferson
passed away in 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Plaque
The Town Square