Many professors from University of Alabama were lecturers at a female academy in Tuscaloosa

One of the first educational institutions in the Alabama was opened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the fall of 1830 called the Tuscaloosa Female Academy with Mrs. Mary I. Kinner as principal.

Tuscaloosa female college 1887

Incorporated in 1831

The legislature incorporated the Academy in 1831, exempted it from taxation and authorized it to raise $50,000 by a lottery. Its name was changed to Alabama Female Academy in 1833 and a new charter was granted by the legislature January 9, 1835. The trustees were John F. Wallis, James H. Dearing, Peter Martin, John O. Cummins, William H. Williams, John J. Webster, Wiley J. Dearing, and H. C. Kidder.

Named Changed in 1833

A literary society was organized in 1831 and in 1832 the school had a library of 400 volumes. When the name changed in 1833, Rev. William H. Williams became the principal. Courses of study were intensive for females considering the time period.. English, history, geography, philosophy, mathematics, chemistry and music was offered. The ideals of the institution were to develop the moral and physical, as well as the intellectual life of the students. Diplomas were awarded on the completion of the prescribed work.

Professors of the University of Alabama were lecturers

A successor to Rev. Williams was Miss M. B. Brooks, described as “a woman of great versatility of talent and engaging manners.” She was a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of Mount Holyoke. She taught a few years, then married Prof. S. R. Stafford, of the University of Alabama. When she was principal, the Female Academy attained a high degree of excellence. The school had the rare advantage of having the professors of the University of Alabama as lecturers.

Tuscaloosa Female college2
However, the school was suspended early in the beginning of the War between the States and was never again opened under her direction.

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  1. Is it possible for you to tell your viewers where the Tuskaloosa Female College
    was located in the Tuscaloosa area? I was born in Tuscaloosa and I had not
    heard of this institute. I enjoy your comments very much.

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