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McKinney in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fanny Finch Elementary School

 
 
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Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 14, 2021
1. Fanny Finch Elementary School Marker
Inscription.  

Laura Frances (Fanny) Shipe (1866-1942) was born in Woodstock, Va., and educated in Texas. In 1890, after teaching at McKinney's Collegiate Institute, she married Henry A. Finch (d. 1934), later a Texas legislator and mayor of the city. The couple had 7 children. In 1917 Mrs. Finch became one of the state's first women to serve on a school board. A born leader, she helped found such enterprises as the Owl Literary Club and the city's first Garden Club. She and her husband gave sites for a park and a college. This school was named in her honor in 1924.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1570.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 33° 11.172′ N, 96° 36.975′ W. Marker is in McKinney, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on South Tennessee Street, 0.1 miles south of East Graham Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1205 S Tennessee St, McKinney TX 75069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Mark Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collin McKinney (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bradley Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kirkpatrick House (approx. half a mile away); Governor James Webb Throckmorton (approx. half a mile away); Pecan Grove Memorial Park (approx. half a mile away); The Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson (approx. half a mile away); The Johnson House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
 
Fanny Finch Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 14, 2021
2. Fanny Finch Elementary School Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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