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Historical South Carolina Newspapers: Education

Delve into the rich content of historical South Carolina newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922 through suggested topics, important dates, interesting articles, and tips for searching.

Selected Articles Found in Chronicling America

Education Topics Guide

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Anderson College Jeanes Funds public schools
The Citadel Limestone College Rosenwald schools
Clemson Martha Schofield S.C. Co-educational Institute
Coker College Medical College of S.C. S.C. Illiteracy
College of Charleston negro colleges School for the Deaf & Blind
Compulsory Education negro education South Carolina College
Erskine College Newberry College Teacher's Column
female colleges normal colleges Wil Lou Gray
Furman College Presbyterian College Wofford


Historically Black Colleges and Schools

Penn School (1862) Bettis Academy (1881)
Avery Institute  (1865) South Carolina State (1896)
Claflin College (1869) Voorhees (1897)
Allen University (1870) Harbison Junior College (1898)
Benedict College (1870) Morris College (1908)


Historically Female Colleges

Cokesbury College (1854) Williamston Female College (1872)
Greenville Female College (1855) Winthrop Normal & Industrial (1886)
Columbia College (1859) Converse (1890)
Due West Female College (1859) Lander (1904)
Walhalla College (1872) Spartanburg Methodist (1911)

Important Dates:

1862 Penn School opens on St. Helena Island, S.C.
1865 South Carolina College reopens and renamed the University of South Carolina.
Avery Normal Institute, 1st accredited secondary school for African-Americans in Charleston.
1868 1st Superintendent of Education appointed.
1871 General School law passed by General Assembly.
1907 An act to provide for high schools.
1910 “Write Your Name” campaign began in S.C. by Educator Wil Lou Gray.
1914 1st night schools established by Educator Wil Lou Gray.
1915 An act to require school attendance.
1917 From 1917-1932, 500 Rosenwald schools built in S.C. to educate rural African-American children.
1918 South Carolina Illiteracy Commission established.
1919 Wil Lou Gray’s Opportunity School established in Columbia, S.C.
1920 Teacher certification implemented by State Department of Education.

Images & Headlines Found in Chronicling America

Anderson College students in Chemistry Lab, 1911

Main College Building at Clemson College, 1914

"Working for a Compulsory Education Law," 1904

"Illiteracy in South Carolina," 1922

"Carolina Victor Over Clemson," 1921