Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Georgia Burleson and Early Female Education at Baylor
Baylor President Rufus Burleson (1823-1901) and his wife Georgia Jenkins Burleson (1833-1924) believed that female education was an important component of the life of Baylor University, and the two provided significant contributions to the cause.
Georgia Burleson Hall was completed in 1888, and is one of the four original Baylor Campus buildings that surround the Rufus C. Burleson Quadrangle. Georgia Burleson, a woman of strong character and mother of five surviving children, became officially involved in Baylor's affairs after her children reached adulthood, serving as the matron of the dormitory and bore her name. Despite her progressive ideas regarding female education, Georgia Burleson retained and enforced strict, conservative notions of female piety and behavior. Mrs. Burleson upheld these virtues throughout her lifetime, and succeeded in instilling them in the young women who resided in Burleson Hall.
Burleson Hall has served not only as living quarters for the young women of Baylor, but in its early years, as a training ground for social as well as academic education. Proper dining and dress were taught to the residents,
While the strict codes of conduct imposed by Georgia Burleson have relaxed over the years, the results of her commitment to encouraging character, piety, and the thirst for education in the female students of Baylor can still be seen today.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15767.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 31° 32.725′ N, 97° 7.176′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker can be reached from Speight Avenue east of South 7th Street, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located in front of Burleson Hall in the Burleson Quadrangle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Main (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas Collection (within shouting distance of this marker); Burleson Quadrangle (within shouting distance of this marker); Baylor University (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); William McKendree Lambdin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Samuel Johan Forsgard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomas Hudson Barron (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
Also see . . . Georgia Burleson (1833-1924). (Submitted on October 13, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas.)
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