Monday, April 9, 2012

Waiting...


This is the former Administration Building of Mary Allen College in Crockett, TX.  It was originally founded by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church to educate black women in Houston County.  It was named for Mary Allen, the late wife of the first president of the seminary.  The school opened in 1886, and over the years went from a women's seminary to a coeducational, two-year junior college to a fully-accredited, four-year institution.  However, enrollment, at one time as high as 130+ students, declined, accreditation was lost due to scandal, and finally the 92-year old college was forced to close in 1978.  This structure is all that remains, and it is waiting... 

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