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St. Mary's Episcopal School

Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN , USA
Telephone: (901) 537-1472
URL: St. Mary's Episcopal School
Latitude & Longitude: 35° 7' 51.15072", -89° 54' 28.173204"
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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,” died 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
first 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.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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