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Name: Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home.


Historical Note: The Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home was endowed and built in the 1920s by cypress lumber businessman and philanthropist, William L. Burton (1847-1927), who wished to establish an enduring memorial to his only child, William Waldo Burton, who was born in 1875 and lived to adulthood. The institution, in operation as a residential care facility into the 21st century and post-Katrina, is housed in a large two-story brick building with three arches at the entrance. The predecessor organization of the Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home, caring for white male orphans, had its origin around 1824. Name variations include: Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, Orphan Boys' Asylum, Asylum for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, Male Orphan Asylum, Waldo Burton Home, Waldo Burton Boys' Home, Waldo Burton Memorial Home.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 202
Note Author: js





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