Trenton in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
19th Century Education for African Americans
Its beginning was a one-room frame structure with one teacher and a few students. In addition to its religious principles, the academy also emphasized teaching education and industrial training. The school was incorporated in 1889 and accredited as a junior college in 1933. When it closed in 1952, Bettis had 14 major buildings and some 350 acres of land.
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1893.
Location. 33° 39.467′ N, 81° 51.567′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton SC 29847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 12 Stone Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Canaan Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Bettis Academy (approx. 1.3 miles away); Marie Cromer Seigler House (approx. 6 miles away); Benjamin R. Tillman House (approx. 6.2 miles away); Horn's Creek Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Horns Creek Baptist Church / Revolutionary Skirmish at Horns Creek (approx. 6.2 miles away); Darby (approx. 6.6 miles away); Graniteville Train Derailment (approx. 7 miles away); Graniteville Mill (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
Also see . . .
1. Bettis Academy. Bettis Academy and Junior College, established in 1881 and closed in 1952, is significant for its role in the primary, secondary, and higher education of African Americans in what is now Edgefield, Aiken, Greenwood, and Saluda Counties from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. The Bettis Academy: Restoration, Preservation, Heritage Museum, and Tourist Project. Founded by Rev. Alexander Bettis, (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Brief Sketch of the Life and Labors of Rev. Alexander Bettis by Alfred W. Nicholson. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Thank you
I was looking into my family history from this area and did not know much till I found this site. My grand father was Alex Bettis Hammond and his mother and father lived there. I visited there from NYC as a kid to see them but just that one time. My family has been there a long long time and we still have land there. If any Mackey from there reads this, we are family. God bless all of you.
— Submitted May 26, 2010, by Brian Keith Barksdale of Olanta SC, Folrence.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,061 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.