Sharon Female College

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Sharon Female College was a female seminary, founded in 1837 in Sharon, Mississippi.

When the school was first created, it was run by Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches. It comprised a school for men; Sharon College, and a school for women; Sharon Female Academy. By 1843 Sharon College had closed down and the school was under the control of the Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.[1] It was reincorporated as "Sharon Female College" in February, 1846.[2] The school averaged over 90 students per year, but most did not graduate.[3]

The college survived the Civil War, but declined quickly after the war ended due to the economic stresses that had been put on the region. Its last class, of only three students, graduated in the Spring of 1872. By the end of 1873 the college had closed its doors.[4]

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  1. ^ United States. Office of Education (1899). Circular of information. Govt. print. off. pp. 51–56. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ William Henington Weathersby (1921). A history of educational legislation in Mississippi from 1798 to 1860... University of Chicago. p. 93. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  3. ^ Sheldon Scott Kohn (2007). The Literary and Intellectual Impact of Mississippi’s Industrial Institute and College, 1884-1920. Georgia State University. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  4. ^ I. M. E. Blandin. History of Higher Education of Women in the South. The Neale Publishing Company. pp. 195–6. ISBN 978-1-4400-4134-1. Retrieved 28 July 2012.