Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy
The frame structure was destroyed by fire in 1854, and the nuns obtained funding by subscription to build a brick structure in 1855. That facility also became a place of refuge after several outbreaks of yellow fever. During the Civil War, the nuns nursed soldiers from both sides of the conflict there.
A new Ursuline Academy was designed by noted Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton in the 1890s. The massive Gothic structure provided shelter during many storms until 1961, when hurricane Carla damaged the school beyond repair. In 1964 a new Ursuline Academy was dedicated; It later became a junior high school campus. The old Ursuline Convent was razed in 1974.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, US Civil • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1881.
Location. 29° 17.693′ N, 94° 47.576′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue) and Ursuline Street (Avenue N), on the right when traveling south on 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ursuline Convent in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); James N. Davis House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack Johnson (about 800 feet away); Public Education for Blacks in Galveston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Galveston Garten Verein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweeney-Royston House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Hutchings House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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