Site: Wesleyan College

Site: Wesleyan College (HM10YK)

Location: Macon, GA 31201 Bibb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 50.434', W 83° 38.31'

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World's First College Chartered to Grant Degrees to Women

On December 23, 1836, the Legislature of the State of Georgia chartered The Georgia Female College. The first class graduated July 26, 1840. In 1843, the name was changed to Wesleyan Female College; in 1919 to Wesleyan College.

The oldest sororities in the world were founded at Wesleyan: The Adelphean Society, now Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 1851, and the Philomathean Society, now Phi Mu Fraternity, 1852. The world's first alumnae association for a women's college was organized at Wesleyan in 1859.

Through early years of doubt, Wesleyan bore witness that women were capable of receiving higher education. The motto on its seal — Scienta et Pietas — represents ideals which have inspired her graduates to go forth to the far corners of the earth to teach, to lead, to serve.

In 1928, the college moved six miles northwest to the new Rivoli campus. The Wesleyan Conservatory and school of Fine Arts remained in the original buildings until 1953 when they were transferred to Rivoli. Old Wesleyan College and the adjoining Pierce Chapel burned February 24, 1963.
HM NumberHM10YK
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number011-12
Year Placed1986
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 253043 N 3636697
Decimal Degrees32.84056667, -83.63850000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.434', W 83° 38.31'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 26.04" N, 83° 38' 18.60" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-415 College St, Macon GA 31201, US
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