TRAIL STOP 7: Robins Field with Frank Dowsing
Visit the field where Frank Dowsing carved a place in history as the first African-American to play football for Tupelo High School and one of the first to play at Mississippi State University.
Those who knew Frank Dowsing remember him as a standout athlete, student, and all-round positive person. In 1967, Dowsing was one of five African-American students who chose to attend the all-white Tupelo High under the “Freedom of Choice” desegregation plan, and the first to play football. He earned all-conference honors in football, basketball, and track, and graduated sixth in his class. His stellar efforts on and off the field broke all racial barriers, cementing his place in Mississippi history as a pioneer in race relations. Dowsing is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Positive Takeaway: Have a brave spirit, work hard, and turn your dreams into reality.