David Rankin and Mattie Martin Perkins Papers

David Rankin Perkins (1868-1937) was an African-American teacher and businessman in Wilmot, Ashley County, Arkansas. A graduate of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (Alcorn State University) in Mississippi, Perkins was the co-owner of Douglass and Perkins Dry Goods and Groceries with H. D. Douglass. His wife, Mattie Martin Perkins (1872-1964) was also a graduate of Alcorn and a teacher. Her father, John Adams Martin, was a college professor and the president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi from 1911-1915. The collection consists correspondence exchanged by David Perkins and Mattie Martin while they were courting in the 1890s and a 1919 yearbook for the Tuskegee Institute.