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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.


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