Holly Springs Female Institute

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The Holly Springs Female Institute was an early female seminary for white women,[1] founded in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1836.

By 1838 the school had over 80 students and owned two pianos. The state of Mississippi granted the school a charter in 1839, at which time it had five faculty members including the Rev. C. Parish, president of the school. The charter was, evidently in error, assigned to the "Holly Springs Female Academy."[2]

By 1839, the school had a permanent building in the Greek revival style.[3]

In 1841 the confusion over the name encouraged an Episcopalian clergyman named C. A. Foster to open a rival school also called the Holly Springs Female Institute. In early 1842, for reasons that are not clear, Foster replaced Parish as president of the original school.[2]

The school building was used as a hospital during the Civil War.[4] The building was destroyed by the Union Army[5] in 1864[3] and the school was unable to reopen.[2]

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  1. ^ James West Davidson (2007). 'They Say': Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race. Oxford University Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-19-516021-5. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Edward Mayes (1899). History Of Education In Mississippi. pp. 46–51. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Mary Carol Miller (2002). Lost Landmarks of Mississippi. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-57806-475-5. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Hubert Horton McAlexander (1 July 2008). Strawberry Plains Audubon Center: Four Centuries of a Mississippi Landscape. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-60473-002-9. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Timothy B. Smith (1 April 2010). Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-60473-429-4. Retrieved 29 July 2012.