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    MARY ALLEN SCHOOL
    Crockett, Texas

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    Mary Allen College , Crockett, Texas
    Mary Allen College
    Photo courtesy George Lester, October, 2005
    Photographer's Note: "I have been intrigued by this old building everytime I drove past it in Crockett. Today I decided to explore a bit and took several pictures." - George Lester, October 17, 2005

    Readers' Forum
    Subject: Addition to Mary Allen College of Crockett

    The Last President of Mary Allen College, in Crockett Texas was the Reverend E. S. Davis. For a number of years after Mary Allen closed, Pastor Davis resided in Palestine,Texas. He retired from the Palestine Independent Sschool District until his passing about 8 years ago.

    At the time that Mary Allen closed it was considered a Junior College with one of its last students becoming the first Black Warden in the history of the Texas Department of Corrections, Dr.Hubert Scott. - Rodney Paul Smith, November 25, 2005
    Historical Marker Text

    Mary Allen Seminary

    In 1886 the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, under the leadership of the group's secretary the Rev. Richard Allen, began planning for the establishment of a black girls' school in Texas. After a statewide survey, they chose Crockett as the school site because of the area's large black population and because of a local black parochial school operated by the Rev. Samuel Fisher Tenny, pastor of the city's First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Allen's wife Mary, for whom the school was named, was instrumental in raising the organizational funds for the new seminary. Dr. Byrd R. Smith became the school's first black president in 1924 and initiated a period of growth which included the adoption of new programs and the admission of male students. Transferred to the Missionary General Baptist Convention of Texas in 1944, Mary Allen College became a 4-year liberal arts institution. In 1972, plagued by a series of legal and financial setbacks, the school closed. Once the site of a 12-building campus and the home of a noted academic program of quality education and religion, this site serves as a reminder of the proud heritage of Texas' black population.

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    Crockett, Texas - Mary Allen College
    Mary Allen College Today
    Photo courtesy Kimberly Mason, May 2012
    Crockett, Texas - Mary Allen College, windows close up
    Window close-up
    Photo courtesy Kimberly Mason, May 2012
    Mary Allen College  fountain, Crockett, Texas
    Close up of fountain
    Photo courtesy George Lester, October, 2005
    Mary Allen College, Crockett, Texas
    A front view showing the old fountain on the plaza
    Photo courtesy George Lester, October, 2005
    Mary Allen College  interior, Crockett, Texas
    An interior view showing the collapsed floors through the roof.
    Photo courtesy George Lester, October, 2005
    Mary Allen College sign, Crockett, Texas

    Mary Allen College sign out front
    Photo courtesy George Lester, October, 2005
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