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Then & Now: Forney Hall

A "then and now" look at JSU's Forney Hall, which has been closed for a couple of years. The historical marker at the building reads as follows: "Built in 1927 as a men's dormitory, Forney Hall was one of four major buildings of Jacksonville State Normal School, a two year institution for elementary teachers. The campus was located here from its inception in 1883 to 1930, except from 1900 to 1908 when it moved to the courthouse building in downtown Jacksonville. In 1929, the school was elevated to a four year State Teachers College, and the following year the campus moved to its present location a few blocks north of here. The building is named in honor of Jacob Forney IV, president of the institution from 1893 to 1899, and his sister, Mary C. Forney, who taught here for 40 years." To see more vintage photos from JSU, go to my photo blog.


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