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Commencement program for Florence Wesleyan University, Florence, Alabama, dated Wednesday, July 9, 1856. Benjamin Hicks Malone is listed as providing a musical piece in the program. Florence Wesleyan University began when LaGrange College's students and teachers sought a new location in Florence. The majority of the faculty and students left the original site of LaGrange College - across the river from Florence (4 miles south of Leighton, Alabama)- in 1855. The college began holding classes at the Florence Masonic Hall because construction of their building, Wesleyan Hall, had not been completed. The college closed during the Civil War and, while it reopened afterwards, it struggled and closed in 1871. In 1872 the school was deeded to the state of Alabama by the Methodist Church and reopened as State Normal School.
1856 July 9
Florence Wesleyan University.
"Florence Wesleyan University commencement program, 1856" (2021). Documents. 9.