Academy for Young Ladies - Mary Surratt's School

When Mary Elizabeth Jenkins - the future Mary Surratt - was twelve years old, her mother sent her to a Catholic boarding school in Alexandria.  It was called the Academy for Young Ladies. 

On June 25, 1832, the Alexandria Gazette ran an advertisement on behalf of the school.  It indicates the subjects which were taught and provides a bit of background on the institution itself.

In addition to French and English, academy students studied chemistry and natural philosophy, among other subjects.  Operated by the Sisters of Charity, classes lasted all day - from 8 in the morning until noon, then back in from 2 until 5 PM. 

Mary attended the school until it closed in 1839.  It would have provided her with a better education than most girls had at the time.

Media Credits

Reproduction of an advertisement in the Alexandria Gazette, from the 25th of June, 1832.  Image online, courtesy Surratt House Museum.


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