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Fun Fact

Monday, December 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:53 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Columbia Female Academy was founded in 1833 as a place for Columbia’s elite to send their daughters to be educated. The Presbyterian-based institute was reorganized in 1856 as the Columbia Baptist Female College. The name remained until Columbia merchant James L. Stephens gave $20,000 to the college, which was renamed Stephens College in his honor.


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