Alumnae Hall/Senate Chamber, circa 1903

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Title

Alumnae Hall/Senate Chamber, circa 1903

Subject

Women's colleges
Alabama Central Female College
Old State Capitol

Description

The North 2nd and 3rd floors of what was Alumnae Hall for the Alabama Central Female College located in Tuscaloosa in the old State Capitol building. The room was originally used as the Senate Chamber.

The Alabama State Capitol was located in Tuscaloosa from 1826 until 1847. The stone foundation of the capitol was laid in 1827 and work was completed in the late fall of 1829.

After the seat of government was moved to Montgomery in 1847, the Tuscaloosa Capitol and its furnishing were deeded to the University of Alabama to be used for educational purposes. In 1857, the University Board of Trustees leased the building for ninety nine years to the newly formed Baptist-affiliated Alabama Central Female College. At this time, a large brick four story dormitory was constructed at the west of the building. . The building was used by the Alabama Central Female College until it was destroyed by fire on August 22, 1923 when a construction worker accidentally set it ablaze. He was soldering a piece of flashing while repairing the dome and the building caught fire. The historic building was totally destroyed by fire. In the 1930's, the site was cleared for use as a park.

Archibald John Battle was president 1860-1862 (he later served as president of Mercer University from 1872-1889). Joshua Hill Foster was joint principal from 1869-71 and president from 1871-1873 (then became faculty member at University of Alabama until 1892); John F. Lanneau served as president from 1873-79 (later serving as president of Baptist Female College in Lexington, MO and Pierce City College also in MO.

The ruins of the old Alabama State Capitol building can still be seen in Capitol Park in Tuscaloosa.

Creator

Alabama Central Female College

Source

Tuscaloosa Public Library

Publisher

City of Tuscaloosa

Date

September 1, 1960

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)
Tuscaloosa Public Library

Format

Photograph

Type

Photograph

Identifier

1110

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph