Category Archives: National Youth Administration

What happens when I pay attention? The benefits of listening and observation.

“I love it when a plan comes together” (John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, The A Team, 1983-1987). I do, too…and sometimes, I love it when a plan falls apart. When it does, it presents another opportunity, or what I once heard referred … Continue reading

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Ralph Lembo’s Home in the Woods: Itta Bena and the Blues

Yesterday was the unveiling of Mississippi’s newest Blues Trail marker. Rand and I made the journey to Itta Bena on a hot Delta day to acknowledge Ralph Lembo and his contributions to his adopted community of Itta Bena from his … Continue reading

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Cleveland Community Vocational School: The NYA Annexes

The main part of the Cleveland Vocational School (the center) was constructed in 1933 to serve the Cleveland community in rural Kemper County. In 1937, the National Youth Administration began the construction of the two classroom annexes that are on … Continue reading

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The New Deal in Mississippi: Vardaman Vocational Building

Saturday was perfect weather for a road trip to the sweet potato capital of the world: Vardaman, Mississippi.  The Vocational Building for Vardaman High School was constructed by the National Youth Administration in 1941.  The design was common, with a … Continue reading

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