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Irmo in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Richlex School Site

 
 
Richlex School Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Richlex School Site Marker
Inscription. Julius Rosenwald, Chicago philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., (1910-1925), helped fund this black school, built 1918. The original two-room structure was named in Rosenwald's honor and the school's curriculum eventually included grades 1-12. It was renamed Richlex in the 1950s, but closed in 1968; Robert Lee Floyd served as principal during this time.
 
Erected 1990 by Class of 1970. (Marker Number 40-113.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
 
Location. 34° 6.313′ N, 81° 11.186′ W. Marker is in Irmo, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Broad River Road (U.S. 176), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located today at Dutch Fork Elementary School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7900 Broad River Road, Irmo SC 29063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethlehem Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Irmo (approx. 1.5 miles away); St. Paul Church / Oak Grove (approx. 1.6 miles away); World War II Bombing Ranges (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lake Murray
Richlex School Site Marker, looking north along Broad River Rd. (U.S. Hwy. 176) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. Richlex School Site Marker, looking north along Broad River Rd. (U.S. Hwy. 176)
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Pine Grove Rosenwald School (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Bethlehem Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Irmo.
 
Also see . . .
1. Julius Rosenwald. Over the course of his life, Rosenwald and his fund donated over 70 million dollars to public schools, colleges and universities, museums, Jewish charities and black institutions. The rural school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund. It contributed more than four million dollars in matching funds to the construction of more than 5,000 schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the South. These schools became informally known as "Rosenwald Schools." (Submitted on May 5, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Dutch Fork Elementary. In 1953, the school's name was changed to Richlex to reflect the consolidation of five schools from area black communities in Richland and Lexington counties. In 1968, Lexington/Richland Five became one of the first districts in South Carolina to abolish the dual school system. (Submitted on May 7, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Julius Rosenwald, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
from the United States Library of Congress, circa 1929
3. Julius Rosenwald, as mentioned
Chicago philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., (1910-1925)
 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Richlex School Site Marker, at the Dutch Fork Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
4. Richlex School Site Marker, at the Dutch Fork Elementary School
In 1971, the school was changed to an elementary school during a district wide reorganization and was given the name Dutch Fork Elementary School.
Richlex School Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
5. Richlex School Site Marker
Dutch Fork Elementary School, 7900 Broad River Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
6. Dutch Fork Elementary School, 7900 Broad River Rd.
Richlex School Site Marker, looking south along Broad River Rd image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
7. Richlex School Site Marker, looking south along Broad River Rd
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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