Minnie Cox: African American Postmaster At The Center Of The “Indianola Affair”

Learn about Minnie Cox, postmaster.

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minnie-cox-2 Minnie Cox (1869 – 1933)

Minnie Cox (1869-1933) was appointed as post master in Indianola, Mississippi in 1891.  Before her employment at the post office, Cox was an educator and school principal.  She was a graduate of Fisk University.  Initially she was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison to the postmaster role when there was no white Republican who qualified for the job.  She is believed to be the first African American woman to hold a post master position. Her appointment was made during the post civil war reconstruction era when African Americans were appointed and elected to various political roles that had previously been unavailable to them before the Civil War.  Cox was again reappointed in 1897 under President William McKinley and continued under the term of Theodore Roosevelt.  Indianola was a predominately African American community.  Minnie Cox and her husband were well respected members of…

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