St. Mary's Episcopal School

St. Mary's Episcopal School (HM1M7L)

Location: Memphis, TN 38117 Shelby County
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N 35° 7.802', W 89° 54.512'

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St. Mary's Episcopal School is the oldest private school in Memphis. It has operated continuously since its founding in 1847, and during most of its existence has been exclusively for girls. During the Civil War, Headmistress Mary Foote Pope moved the school, along with many of its students, to Mississippi, to await the end of hostilities. The Sisters of St. Mary's directed the school from 1873 to 1910. Four of them and two priests, known collectively as the "Martyrs of Memphis," dies while caring for yellow


fever victims during the 1878 epidemic. As Thomas F. Gailor, Bishop of Tennessee observed in 1901, the school never succumbed to "the mere social veneering which some people call the education of girls." The school was located at Calvary Episcopal Church, and then successively at St. Mary's Cathedral, in a building at 1257 Poplar Avenue, and at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church. It moved to its present location at Church of the Holy Communion in 1953
HM NumberHM1M7L
Marker Number4E 136
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 234973 N 3891336
Decimal Degrees35.13003333, -89.90853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.802', W 89° 54.512'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 48.12" N, 89° 54' 30.72" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14-60 Perkins Extd, Memphis TN 38117, US
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