Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields

Dedicated to athlete and alumna Martha Barksdale in 1975, Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields are used by club and intramural sports teams at William & Mary. Barksdale was the first woman to graduate from the university, as she was a part of the first class of female students at William & Mary in 1918 and was the first to receive her Bachelor of Arts in 1922. She is also said to have founded the university's first female secret society, the Ladies of Alpha. Barksdale went on to become a longtime Physical Education Professor at William & Mary. In the 1930s, when Barksdale taught and coached women at the university, the space that we know now as Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields was primarily used for women’s athletics. Today, the field is used by club and intramural sports teams.


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