Mary Valentine Mims taught home economics in the all-black Ninth Avenue School from 1948 to 1965, then at integrated Hendersonville High School until her retirement in 1985. Her teaching career spanned 37 years. Ninth Avenue dedicated one of its yearbooks to her. The City of Hendersonville established Mary V. Mims and Hannah L. Edwards Day on June 20, 2012, when Ninth Avenue and earlier Sixth Avenue Schools (1916-65) were commemorated with a marker rededication at U.S. 64 West and Valley Street. Mims served 25 years on the BRCC board, from 1983-2007.
2013 Education Hall of Fame