Original Site of St. Mary's Orphan Asylum

Original Site of St. Mary's Orphan Asylum (HM27N6)

Location: Galveston, TX 77551 Galveston County
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N 29° 15.772', W 94° 49.96'

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Children orphaned by a yellow fever epidemic in 1867 were cared for temporarily in Galveston's St. Mary's Infirmary by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
In 1874 Galveston Bishop Claude Dubuis bought the 35-acre plantation and home of Farnifala and Laura Green located between this gulf front and Green's Bayou for use as a permanent orphanage. In early 1874 the Sisters of St. Mary's Infirmary founded St. Mary's Orphan Asylum by housing 28 children here at the site of the Greens' former residence. A 2-story facility for orphan girls was built nearby in October 1874.

The girl's dormitory was all that remained of the orphanage after the storm of 1875. A new residence for boys was built by 1879. St. Mary's was caring for orphans from throughout Texas at the time it was granted a Texas charter in 1896.

The catastrophic storm of 1900 completely destroyed the orphanage. Ten nuns and at least 90 children were tragically killed despite the nuns' valiant efforts to save the children by securing them to their own bodies with clothesline. Three orphan boys rescued at sea were the only survivors. St. Mary's Orphan Asylum reopened at 40th and Q streets in Galveston City in 1901 and remained there until closing in 1967.
HM NumberHM27N6
Year Placed1994
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker
Number 7175.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 321935 N 3238501
Decimal Degrees29.26286667, -94.83266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 15.772', W 94° 49.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 15' 46.32" N, 94° 49' 57.6" W
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Area Code(s)409, 713
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6693-6925 FM3005, Galveston TX 77551, US
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