Judson College (Alabama)
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|Religious affiliation||Alabama Baptist Convention|
|President||David E. Potts|
|Location||Marion, Alabama, United States
|Campus||Rural, 118 acres (48 ha)|
Judson College Historic District
Jewett Hall, within the Judson College Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by East Lafayette, Bibb, and DeKalb streets|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Greek Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||92001825|
|Added to NRHP||February 3, 1993|
Judson College, originally named Judson Female Institute, was founded by members of Siloam Baptist Church in 1838 in Marion, Alabama. Three individuals were most instrumental in the founding of Judson College: Julia Tarrant Barron, General Edwin D. King, and Milo P. Jewett. It is the fifth oldest women's college in the United States. It was named after Ann Hasseltine Judson, the first female foreign missionary from the United States. It has been affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention throughout its history.
The principal building of the campus is Jewett Hall, the third of this name. The first Jewett Hall, built in 1840, was a four-story Greek revival building named after Dr. Milo P. Jewett, first president of the college. It was destroyed by fire in 1888. The rebuilding of Jewett Hall was begun that same year. In 1947 the dome was hit by a lightning strike and fire consumed the building. Rebuilding efforts began almost immediately, as funds were raised by the sale of bricks from the rubble.
Other notable buildings on campus include A. Howard Bean Hall, a former Carnegie library which now houses the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame as well as classrooms, Alumnae Auditorium, and the Women's Missionary Union residence hall.
Judson College participates in joint social and civic events with Marion Military Institute, also located in Marion.
Judson College students participate in big sister/little sister activities. In the spring semester of their first year, freshman students will receive a big sister from the sophomore class. Throughout the second year, students will go through several secret tradition ceremonies. The big sister leads the little sister through these ceremonies and provides for them the materials and things they need to pass on the traditions to later classes.
Every April, Judson hold its J-Day. J-Day is a homecoming event, and alumnae come from all over the country to celebrate and hold reunions.
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