The Marion Female Seminary Building at Marion, AL (built ca. 1850; recorded in HABS and listed on the NRHP)

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Founded in 1835, the Marion Female Seminary was one of the earliest colleges for women in the United States. It was the first of four colleges established in Marion.

The present Marion Female Seminary building was erected in 1850. It contained the art studio of Nicola Marschall, a German-American artist, who designed both the first official Confederate flag and the grey Confederate army uniform.

In 1935, this building was photographed and recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1973.

From 1916 to 1970, the building served as a local public school. Today, it is the home of the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.

The Marion Female Seminary building is located at 204 West Monroe Street near downtown Marion (GPS coordinates 32.634633, -87.321229).

Source: The Marion Female Seminary Historical Marker

B&W photograph courtesy U. S. Library of Congress (HABS), photographer: Alex Bush, date: March 15, 1935.

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