Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Agnes Scott campus, circa 1904
A panoramic view of the Agnes Scott campus, circa 1904. Photo: Agnes Scott College.
The DeKalb History Center’s November Lunch and Learn highlighted a Decatur institution which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. In 1889, a group of men from Decatur Presbyterian Church decided that Decatur needed a better school for its girls. In a 2-month whirlwind of activity, they found teachers and a rented building for the elementary school they called Decatur Female Seminary. A year later, George Washington Scott stepped up to provide land and construct and furnish a building, and gave the school his mother’s name. Over the next 15 years, the school gradually developed from an elementary school, to a high school, to a college.