Planned Giving

The Julia Tarrant Barron Legacy Society

Julia Tarrant Barron was a wealthy widowed businesswoman at the center of discussions to establish a Baptist school for young women in Marion, Alabama, in the 1830s.  Barron provided space in a rented house for the first classes of the Judson Female Institute (which would later become Judson College) in January of 1839, and it is also believed that she gave the land for the first Judson building.  Barron was the major contributor to this building fund, with a gift that was used to build the first Jewett Hall in 1839.  Though Barron had no daughters who would benefit from the college she supported so ardently, her selfless generosity has influenced the lives of thousands of young women for more than 181 years.

There are many ways that you, too, can support Judson, both during and after your lifetime.  When you notify Judson that you have included the College in your will or through another method of giving, you will be listed as a member of the Julia Tarrant Barron  Legacy Society.  Your name will be included along with others who have made plans to extend their legacy of supporting Judson even after they are no longer here.  Your financial support of Judson’s mission while continue the equipping of future leaders through Christian higher education for young women.

To discuss your planned giving needs, please contact Peggy Darby ’90, CFRE, Director of Development (334-683-5285 or