New Salem community is in southern Itawamba County between Fulton and Smithville. This view of the community school is thought to have been photographed during the early 1940's. The school was closed during 1954 during a consolidation of county schools. The front part of the building was divided into two rooms by a folding partition, which could be taken down for events such as cakewalks. There was a stage at the left end.
A special thanks to Lionel Stegall of Smithville for sharing this photograph with the readers of Itawamba History Review.