By Jan White
CROCKETT – On Saturday, Feb. 12, members of the community gathered at First Presbyterian Church in Crockett for the 4th Annual Founders Day Celebration of Mary Allen College. Master of Ceremonies for the event was David Beaulieu.
Jacqueline Bonner Calhoun began the program with an inspirational rendition of the song “My Praise.” Pastor Johnie Wood welcomed guests and offered the opening prayer, followed by greetings from the President of Mary Allen College Museum, Dr. Thelma Douglass.
Speakers for the program included Katlyn Marshall, who read the Emancipation Proclamation, Reverand Jim Tom Ainsworth, who shared a brief history of the college, and Special Guest Speaker, Crockett Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher. After additional music selections by Jacqueline Bonner Calhoun, presentations by Elnora Shepherd and Daphne Sessions, and remarks by Hilliard McKnight and David Beaulieu, Pastor Johnie Wood concluded the event with the benediction.
The luncheon meal was provided by the Moosehead Café and The Chuck Wagon Grill.
The vision and mission statements for the Mary Allen College and Museum reflect the original intent of the idea established back in 1886 - “To be an academic institution and skills training center that serves as a historical landmark for a cross-culture society in Houston County and the world. Mary Allen College Museum exists to continue a collaboration and partnership journey to enhance academics, cultural opportunities, and the historical legacy of Crockett and Houston County which was conceptualized on college hill.”
Participants at the event and community members are encouraged to consider contributing a tax-deductible gift to help further that vision. For more information on ways to donate and levels of support, please contact Earlene Clebourn, Mary Allen Museum Treasurer, at 936-544-9344.