The state will unveil a new historical marker in front of St. Mary’s School on Thursday, replacing a 75-year-old marker that was not only worn but a bit hard to read.
The old sign was written in all capital letters, the style for all markers in the early 1940s, and the message about the founding of the Episcopal school for girls in 1842 didn’t leave much room for white space. The new marker will be a mix of capital and lower-case letters and has been edited to eliminate a few words.
“It looks really nice,” said Ansley Wegner, administrator of the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program. “It’s really well spaced.”
St. Mary’s School is now an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls grades 9 through 12. The new marker, near the school’s entrance on Hillsborough Street, will be unveiled during a brief ceremony at 2:40 p.m.