Spelman College founders
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionPhotograph of Sophia B. Packard (left) and Harriet E. Giles (right), schoolteachers and Baptist missionaries from New England who founded the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary (later Spelman College) in the basement of Atlanta, Georgia's Friendship Baptist Church on April 11, 1881. Packard served as president from 1881 to 1891; Giles was Spelman's second president from 1891 to 1909.Spelman College, the nation's oldest historically black college for women, has provided women with access to education since the post-Civil War (1861-65) era. A predominantly residential, private, liberal arts college, Spelman promotes academic excellence in the liberal arts and develops the intellectual, ethical, and leadership potential of its students.
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