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Mary Allen Museum

Of African American Art & History INC

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Mary Allen College Museum exists to celebrate the historic legacy of Houston County Texas, institutional partnerships and community collaborations that aid in enhancing academic -  cultural opportunities on Crockett's historic College Hill.


Mary Allen College and Museum entity
is to be an academic intellectual
institution and skills training center
that service as a historical landscape
for a cross culture society in Houston
County and the global world.



The Women’s Executive Committee of the Board of Missions for Freedmen, led by Mary Esther Allen, was created in 1884 to help increase support for the school. As Allen noted, the "most permanent progress of a race depended, to a large degree, upon the elevation of its women…" Her efforts to make this women's school a reality inspired the Board of Missions in its decision to name the school Mary Allen Seminary.

Mary Allen College opened in 1886 through the efforts of the Board of Missions for Freedmen and the Presbyterian Church USA. 

As a result of their dedication and commitment, educational opportunities were offered to women of African descent throughout East Texas.

The institutional curriculum was based in teaching  and  home economics The institution existed in the midst of periods of political and financial turmoil for the United States, including both World Wars and the Great Depression. Still, it succeeded in transitioning from a seminary to an accredited two-year junior college and later four- year college

The college would later close at the end of its 1976-1977 academic year.

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Mary Allen Museum

P.O. Box 324


Houston County Historical Commission:  936-544-3255, ext. 8



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