On May 6, 2023, Opportunity 1888 hosted its first community event, a public reunion for Harrison School alumni. The reunion included a discussion of the history of Tipton and the Harrison School, presentations to the alumni in attendance, digital documentation of alumni history, and a community “Meet & Greet”. Our partners for the event included Ozark Vitality, the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Moniteau County Historical Society, and the Prairie Grove Baptist Church of Tipton, Missouri. The reunion also featured the debut of a short video documentary by Ozark Vitality – My Ozarks, Episode 10: Mrs. Rowles.

  • Episode 10: Mrs. RowlesAs a young girl, Mrs. Phyllis Lacy Rowles, learned to keep climbing, to keep reaching for better things. She is one of the last living alumni of the Harrison “Colored” School in Tipton, Missouri. From 1890 until 1954, it was the only place in Tipton, where African Americans could go to school. Harrison School taught her that everyone is equal. You can be whoever you want to be. Find out how her life unfolded and what Mrs. Rowles is most proud of today.

The Harrison School Reunion and documentary has been funded in part by grants from Missouri Humanities, the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Co-Mo Connect.

More information on the documentary can be found at https://www.ozarkvitality.com/my-ozarks-episode-10

Public Lecture/Discussion: Harrison School in Contexthttps://youtu.be/Dj5y4VScDsg