Bishopville in Lee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dennis High School
Dennis High School, built in 1936, was the first high school for African-American students in Lee County. Built on land donated by philanthropist Rebecca Dennis, it was named in her honor. This school was originally intended as an elementary school, but when the old elementary school burned shortly before this school opened it became both an elementary school and high school. It was the only black high school in Lee County for several years.
The auditorium here was a significant social center for blacks throughout Lee County. In 1948, when a new Dennis High School opened, this became Dennis Elementary School. In 1954, a state program to equalize funding for black and white schools built a new Dennis High and Elementary School. The original Dennis High School was renovated and served as Dennis Primary School until it closed in 1970. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Erected 2007 by The Dennis Community Development Corporation of Lee County. (Marker Number 31-18.)
Location. 34° 13.451′ N, 80° 14.926′ W. Marker is in Bishopville, South Carolina, in Lee County. Marker is on West Cedar Lane, on the right when traveling Click for map. Located between Albert and Woodward Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Bishopville SC 29010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Apollos James House (approx. ¼ mile away); Flag Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Gordon McLeod (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bishopville High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Ratcliff's Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bishopville (approx. half a mile away); Lee County Monument to the Confederate Dead (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Bishopville.
Regarding Dennis High School. Dennis High School, constructed in 1936, is significant for its importance in the education of African-Americans in Bishopville and Lee County and for its representation of the inequalities of South Carolina’s “separate but equal” educational system. In
addition, the renovation of Dennis High School in 1954 is an excellent example of the state’s efforts to change these perceptions during the “Brown vs. Board of Education” era. In 1936, two new schools were constructed in Bishopville. Bishopville High School was built for the white students at a cost of about $71,000
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Notable Buildings •
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