MSU Opens Plaza Celebrating African-American Athletes

STARKVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — A new plaza at Mississippi State University commemorates the legacy of the school’s first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell. Dowsing-Bell Plaza is on the north side of Davis Wade Stadium, dedicated to the on- and off-field legacies of both men who played football at Mississippi State from 1969 to 1972. Bell, from Meridian, was a regular starter on the defensive line. Dowsing, from Tupelo, was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference defensive back selection in 1971 and 1972. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 10 and was 42 when he died in July of 1994.


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