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This Day in Georgia History

September 24, 1889

Decatur Female Seminary Opened

In Decatur, Ga., the Decatur Female Seminary opened in a rented three-story house that faced the Georgia Railroad. Founded by Frank H. Gaines [see July 25, 1852 entry] the initial student body consisted of 60 young women, 3 of whom were boarders. The next year, Col. George Scott offered to fund a permanent home for the seminary. In 1891, in recognition of Scott’s $112,500 cash gift, the Presbyterian Synod of Georgia renamed the seminary Agnes Scott Institute in honor of Scott’s mother - Agnes Scott. The school was chartered as Agnes Scott College in 1906 and went on to become of the premier women’s institutions of higher education in the country.