Former gubernatorial candidate and staunch segregationist, Ross Barnett, has assisted the black family of Helen Beatrice Barnes, 22, with a medical school loan. Barnes is a Negro pre-med student, who was born here in Jackson but is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City.
Barnes’ grandmother, Harriet Watson, once worked as a domestic in the Barnett family. Apparently, Watson called Barnett, who practices law here, and told him her gifted granddaughter wanted to go to med school. Since the family had little money for such an expensive education, she asked Barnett how med school could happen.