Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Site: Wesleyan College
World’s First College Chartered to Grant Degrees to Women
The oldest sororities in the world were founded at Wesleyan: The Adelphean Society, now Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 1851, and the Philomathean Society, now Phi Mu Fraternity, 1852. The world’s first alumnae association for a women’s college was organized at Wesleyan in 1859.
Through early years of doubt, Wesleyan bore witness that women were capable of receiving higher education. The motto on its seal -- Scienta et Pietas -- represents ideals which have inspired her graduates to go forth to the far corners of the earth to teach, to lead, to serve.
In 1928, the college moved six miles northwest to the new Rivoli campus. The Wesleyan Conservatory and school of Fine Arts remained in the original buildings until 1953 when they were transferred to Rivoli. Old Wesleyan College and the adjoining Pierce Chapel burned February 24, 1963.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1848.
Location. 32° 50.434′ N, 83° 38.31′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street and Georgia Avenue, on the left when traveling north on College Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 451 College Street, Macon GA 31213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wesleyan College (a few steps from this marker); Randolph-Whittle House (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter T. Johnson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wet Willie House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatcher-Groover-Schwartz House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gresham-Adams House (about 500 feet away); Emmett Miller Home (about 600 feet away); The Bell House / Robert McDuffie Center for Strings (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier Georgia Historical Commission marker, titled "Old Wesleyan College -- 1836" which stood nearby. It was erected in the 1950s, and removed when the present post office was built (possibly the 1970s). It stands on the corner of the Post Office property.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 758 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.