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In 1886 The Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. , under the leadership of the group's secretary the Rev. Richard Allen, began planning for the establishment of a black girl's school, in Texas.
After a statewide survey, they chose Crockett,Tx as the school site because of a local Parochial school operated by the Rev.Samuel Fisher Tenney, pastor of the city's First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Allen's wife, for whom the school was named, was instrumental in raising the organizational funds for the new seminary.
Dr.Byrd R.Smith became the school's first black president in 1924 and initiated a period of growth which included the adoption of new programs and the admission of male students, transferred to the Missionary General Baptist Convention of Texas in 1944. Mary Allen College became a 4-year liberal arts institution. In 1972, plagued by a series of legal and financial setbacks, the school was closed.
In 2008, this is what it looks like....
but, there was a sign on the front of the building that read, "Future Home of Mary Allen Museum Cultural and Educational Center.
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