Mount de Sales Academy is set to commemorate a milestone Sunday.
The Catholic private school, located on Orange Street adjacent to downtown Macon, has a celebration and reception planned for its 140th anniversary since its official charter on Feb. 28, 1876.
The event is set to begin at 3 p.m. in the school's McAuley Hall Gym and will include Sisters of Mercy, alumni, current families, local leaders and school partners. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer is scheduled to attend.
During the gathering, alumni of particular decades will light a candle in honor or in memory of Mount de Sales graduates:
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1940s: Felicia Seguin ('45)
1950s: Mary Alice Bruce ('50)
1960s: Tony Pierce ('69)
1970s: Robert Slocum ('74)
1980s: Nancy Powell ('86)
1990s: Quintress Hollis ('96)
2000s: Samantha Lee (2000)
2010s: Jonathan Cotton (2016)
The school was originally founded as a school for girls, with the first boys being admitted in 1963.
As part of the celebration. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has declared the day Mount de Sales Academy Day to celebrate the school's "solid place in Macon's history," according to a statement from Mount de Sales.
To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331 or find him on Twitter@MTJTimm.