Seneca in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Oconee County Training School
Oconee County Training School, which educated the African American children of this county from 1925 to 1955, was the successor of the Seneca Colored Graded School. This school, also known as OCTS, was founded in 1925 with Rev. B.F. Stewart as its first principal. Funded by local taxes and the Peabody Fund, it was built with 8 classrooms and later expanded to 26 classrooms, for students in grades 1-11 1931-1947, and grades 1-12 1947-1955.
Oconee County Training School taught both academic classes and the trades, and added teachers and offered new classes as it grew during the 1930s and 40s and especially after World War II. More than 700 students attended OCTS between 1925 and 1955, and its last graduating class was its largest. The main building here later housed East End Elementary School 1955-1970 and the Seneca Preschool 1972-1992.
Erected 2006 by Oconee County African American Heritage Committee. (Marker Number 37-7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans Education.
Location. 34° 40.967′ N, 82° 56.65′ W. Marker is in Seneca, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on East South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located east of the intersection of Perry Avenue and East South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca SC 29678, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wall of Honor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oconee County World War Veterans (approx. half a mile away); Seneca (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seneca Firsts (approx. 0.6 miles away); Memorial Gateway (approx. ¾ mile away); Fairplay Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seneca Institute / Seneca Junior College (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Soil Conservation District Plan (approx. 1.4 miles away); Newry World War II Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Church Bell (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
More about this marker. The building is now the home of the Oconee Senior Center, a facility of Senior Solutions of South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.