With Homecoming upon us this week, we are taking a look back at what Homecoming was like almost 60 years ago. Howard College Homecoming, October 22, 1955 as covered in the Crimson and the Entre Nous:
Howard Bulldogs vs. University of Mexico Pumas at Legion Field
Approximately 300 cheering Howard students greeted the University of Mexico football team at the airport when they arrived the Thursday night before the game.
The game took place at Legion Field and was the first time a Mexican team had played in Alabama. Howard lost the game 41-13, but the 5000 Howard fans remained in good spirits encouraging their team to the end.
Miss Homecoming was crowned during half-time. Candidates had to be single and a full-time student with at least 30 semester hours completed at Howard.
Howard held a car parade downtown at 10:00 am before the game. A $5.00 prize was awarded for the best decoration. Above is an inspirational sketch for a similar contest in 1954 drawn by our very own Lowell Vann during his time as a student on the East Lake campus.