Mildrette Netter White honored with historical marker in Bolivar County

The accomplishments of one Alcorn State University alumna and Olympic gold medalist have earned her a historical marker in her hometown.

Mildrette Netter White, a 1972 Alcorn graduate, was joined by family and friends for the unveiling of the Mildrette Netter historical marker Saturday, Sept. 16 on the lawn of West Bolivar Middle School, which is formerly known as West Bolivar High School.

White, along with her teammates Barbara Ferrell, Margaret Bailes and Wyomia Tyus, captured the gold medal in the 4X100 meter relay in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The quartet set a world record with a time of 42.88.

To be cemented in Bolivar County history is a significant moment in White’s life.

“This is truly one of the greatest and most humbling, heartfelt honors that I have ever received,” said White. “It’s an honor to be a part of history in my hometown. People will know and recognize my accomplishments for years to come.”

The historical marker is one of White’s most cherished accomplishments. She believes that everyone is born with special abilities, and it is up to the individual to discover how to use their abilities to live a productive life.

“The marker is one of the highest and most prestigious accomplishments I have achieved. I am a firm believer that God gave all of us a talent, and it’s up to us how we use it. You should never let your past determine your destiny. Follow your dreams by praying, getting prepared, keeping a positive attitude and being patient.”

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