Smith, E. Hammond (Edwin Hammond), 1894-1985
Smith was born on December 17, 1894 in Bladen Springs, Alabama. His family moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Smith attended public school through the eighth grade. Smith then went on to complete high school at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Alcorn State University, in Lorman, Mississippi and then continued on at Alcorn for four years of college. From there he went to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating in 1924 as a licensed pharmacist. Smith returned to Hattiesburg and opened a pharmacy in 1925, which he operated until 1980. He was an active participant in the voter registration drives of the 1960's and was one of the first registered African American voters in the city.