"...Samford has signed a contract to purchase a house in Marion, Alabama, to serve as a base of operation for the University's ongoing involvement in the state's impoverished Black Belt region..."
In mid-December Samford purchased a house in Marion, Alabama, to serve as a base of operation for the University's ongoing involvement in the state's impoverished Black Belt region. Holley House is a 2,400-square-foot, 1.5-story brick structure on a large lot near the center of the city that was Samford's home through some of the most difficult decades of the University's history.
Vice President for Business Affairs and General Counsel Joseph W. Mathews, Jr., said the citizens of Marion supported Samford through hard times, and in gratitude the University now encourages students and employees "to seek ways to work with and alongside the citizens of Marion and Perry County as they strive to improve their quality of life in the midst of the economic and social challenges facing Alabama's Black Belt."
Mathews said Holley House will aid in those efforts and may even make possible cooperative projects with Judson College. Judson, which is adjacent to the Holley House property, owns a neighboring house donated to the college with the request that it be used as a Black Belt Study Center. Partnership with Judson would further connect Samford with its Black Belt roots. All-female Judson College was the sister institution of all-male Howard College from 1841 until Howard relocated to Birmingham in 1887.