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New Historical Marker In Brazos County

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

With Brazos County growing at such a rapid pace, it's not uncommon for parts of history to get lost. Many residents don't know about the Villa Maria Ursuline Academy. Founded in 1901, it was the first local school for girls.

"Allen Academy was already here educating the boys in the community. Girls who were interested in more than basic education had to leave town," said Colleen Batchelor, Brazos County Historical Commission.

Although the school closed it's doors in 1929, its permanent mark in history had been made. Sunday, the Brazos County Historical Commission unveiled a historical marker on the site in Bryan where the catholic school used to be. To let everyone know what an important role the Villa Maria Ursuline Academy had in the community for nearly three decades.

"We felt it necessary to put a historical marker here to let people know why Villa Maria and Ursuline streets are named this and it's because there was a Villa Maria Ursuline Academy," said Henry Mayo, Brazos County Historical Commission.

"Events like these help us remember that people from all walks of life contributed to the community we have now," said Batchelor.

But getting the historical marker for the site wasn't easy, in fact the dedication ceremony Sunday was more than a decade in the making.

"The marker application was worked on by several members of the community over the last 10 or 15 years and we're finally here," said Batchelor.

But the timing couldn't have worked out better. Sunday marked the 105th anniversary of the cornerstone laying ceremony for the school. While the school no longer exists, local residents can now visit the marker at the corner of Villa Maria and Ursuline and learn about one of the first educational foundations of the county.


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