USM Residence Hall Named After Oseola McCarty

The woman who washed and ironed other people's clothes for a living was honored today with her own building at the University of Southern Mississippi.

A new residence hall, which opened this fall, was dedicated in Oseola McCarty's memory. McCarty donated $150,000 of her life's savings to the school.

At a dedication ceremony Thursday, the new hall officially became Oseola McCarty Hall.

"It is quite a privilege and an honor to be here today to dedicate this magnificent building to an incredible woman, Oseola McCarty," incoming USM President Dr. Shelby Thames said. "She's the type person for whom you should name buildings - an honorable woman, a woman of character, a woman of faith. She was a woman of simple wisdom for rich living."

After his presentation, Dr. Thames read some excerpts from Oseola McCarty's book. Interim USM President Aubrey Lucas and Pulitzer Prize-Winner Rick Bragg of the New York Times also talked about the life and wonderful deeds of Ms. McCarty.