Original Site of St. Philip's College

Original Site of St. Philip's College (HM1KBF)

Location: San Antonio, TX 78205 Bexar County
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N 29° 25.305', W 98° 29.327'

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Opening at this site in 1898 as "St. Philip's Saturday evening sewing class for black girls", this college was found by the Rt. Rev. James Steptoe Johnston (1843-1924), Episcopal Bishop of western Texas, who considered education a tool toward solving race problems. Soon coeducational and in a brick building of its own, it was renamed St. Philip's Industrial School, and was taught by Mrs. Alice G. Cowan, a white missionary with prior service in Mexico. In 1902, Miss Artemisia Bowden (1879-1969), a black lady from Georgia, assumed administrative and teaching duties, serving for 52 ensuing years. Broadened by literary courses in 1903 and with teacher training added, the facility in 1906 became the St. Philip's Normal, Grammar, and Industrial School.

A new, expandable site was bought in 1917, and St. Philip's moved to Dakota Street, 2 miles east of this site. Elevated to a junior college in 1927, and in public control since 1942, it is now a part of the San Antonio Union Junior College District. In 1955, it became racially integrated. The enrollment has risen from 21 in 1899 to more than 8,000 today.
Marker Number5079
Year Placed1976
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees29.42175000, -98.48878333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 25.305', W 98° 29.327'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 25' 18.3" N, 98° 29' 19.62" W
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Area Code(s)210
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-598 Villita St, San Antonio TX 78205, US
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