The Burney Institute in Marshall County

By Ivy Story

The Burney Institute is another Oklahoma Historical Marker that is a prime example of the fascinating history embedded in the land and culture we live in today. Whether we would like to remember our history or not, it is a part of us and our ancestors. Eduardo Galeano said, “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’”

The Burney Institute sign reads: “Established in 1854 by Chicksaw Council, Daugherty Colbert, Chief; David Burney, Joel Kemp, George D. James, A.V. Brown, school trustees. Opened as school for Chickasaw girls 1859, under supervision of Cumberland Preshy. Bd., Rev. Robert S. Bell and wife, teachers. Name changed to Chickasaw Orphan Home and Manual Labor School, 1887.”


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