Martha Berry School For Girls
Mary Ann Artz
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Martha McChesney Berry founded the Berry Schools in Rome, Georgia, USA for academically able but economically poor children of the rural South—those who usually could not afford to go to other schools.
On Jan. 13, 1902, she opened the Boys Industrial School with five boarding students on the land near her home. This school later became known as the Mount Berry School for Boys, and on Thanksgiving Day 1909 she opened the Martha Berry School for Girls approximately a mile from the boys' school. These were high schools also offering lower-level studies in the early years. The Berry schools became models for vocational, agricultural and mechanical schools throughout the world by showing how the needs of people in poor rural areas could be met. Through her schools Berry blazed a trail for the establishment of an agricultural and mechanical school in each congressional district of Georgia.
If you're ever in the vicinity, make sure you make a visit to the Berry College campus. Berry has the world's largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 27,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams. There are 47 primary buildings on campus, including 15 classroom facilities and 10 residence halls.
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January 14th, 2020
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