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 Martha McChesney Berry

Martha McChesney Berry

Birth
Jackson County, Alabama, USA
Death 27 Feb 1942 (aged 75)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 2460 · View Source
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Educator. She was home schooled at her plantation home in Rome, Georgia until as a teenager she went to a girls school in Baltimore, Maryland. Her interest in education was piqued when she began teaching Bible stories to poor children who lived around the mountain retreat cabin that she inherited from her father. Concerned by their lack of education she began a day school that soon developed into the full fledged "Boys Industrial School" in 1902. The schools popularity grew to a point that she had no more space. She solicited help from Northern philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford. They gave close to four million dollars to her efforts. In 1909 she began the "Martha Berry School for Girl"s. The schools grew until in 1930 a four year college was established. Berry College, located outside Rome, Georgia now has thirty-five buildnigs on over twenty-eight thousand acres, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees to its two thousand students. She died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1942.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2460
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha McChesney Berry (7 Oct 1866–27 Feb 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2460, citing Berry College Chapel Cemetery, Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .