The college was founded in 1851 as the Yalobusha Female Institute. Its first president was Dr. W. S. Webb, who served until 1857. At first classes were held in the Union Hotel in Grenada, and also in the College Inn at 123 S. College Street. The college subsequently raised enough money for a building, which was completed by 1858.
When it reopened, the college was known as the Emma Mercer Institute, and then Grenada Female College. Control of the college passed to the Methodist church in 1882, which renamed it Grenada College in 1884.
Notable faculty and alumnae
- George Robert Hightower
- Blanche Colton Williams — author, head of the English department at Grenada College, and later head of the English department at Hunter College.
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