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Conway in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Whittemore School / Whittemore High School

 
 
Whittemore School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Wright, March 7, 2021
1. Whittemore School Marker
Inscription.  
(side 1)
Whittemore School
Whittemore School, one of the first African-American schools in Horry County, educated elementary and high school students on this site from 1936 to 1970. Founded in 1870, it was named for Benjamin F. Whittemore (1824-1894), former Union army chaplain, Freedmen's Bureau educator 1865-67, and later a state senator and U.S. Congressman. The first school was just E on Race Path Ave. After it burned, classes moved to the Conwayborough Academy on 5th Ave.
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(side 2)
Whittemore High School
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A new Whittemore Training School was built at Race Path Ave. and Thompson St. in 1911, with students in grades 1-9 until 1929, 1-10 until 1933, and 1-11 afterwards. A new school built here in 1936 burned in 1944 and occupied temporary buildings until separate new elementary and high schools were completed in 1954. Grade 12 was added in 1949. The schools closed when Horry County schools desegregated in 1970.
 
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The Whittemore High School Historical Marker Commission. (Marker Number 26 26.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation.
 
Location. 33° 50.222′ N, 79° 4.146′ W. Marker is in Conway, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Wright Boulevard (U.S. 378) and Rhue Street, on the right when traveling east on Wright Boulevard. Located in front of Whittemore Park Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1808 Rhue St, Conway SC 29527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Conway High School (approx. one mile away); Benjamin Grier Collins (approx. 1.2 miles away); Horry County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pentagon Limestone (approx. 1.2 miles away); Peter Horry / Horry County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Horry County Vietnam Fallen Comrades Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Centennial Time Capsule (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conway.
 
Also see . . .  Whittemore was only black school in Horry for many years. Horry Independent website (2/11/21). A brief history of Whittemore High School is given as told by
Whittemore School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Wright, March 7, 2021
2. Whittemore School Marker
Etrulia Dozier, a former librarian at Whittemore High School. A more detailed history of the school by Etrulia Dozier can be found in a 1968 edition of the Independent Republic Quarterly.
As told by Etrulia Dozier - "The high school had a winning football team, an amazing band and a community with great students and admired teachers."
(Submitted on March 7, 2021, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.) 
 
Whittemore School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Wright, March 7, 2021
3. Whittemore School Marker
Whittemore School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Wright, March 7, 2021
4. Whittemore School Marker
Whittemore School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Wright, March 7, 2021
5. Whittemore School Marker
Whittemore Training School Class of 1935 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Independent Republic Quarterly, 2011, Vol.45, No. 1 photo (CCU Digital Commons)
6. Whittemore Training School Class of 1935
The school was located at the corner of Racepath Avenue and Thompson Street in Conway South Carolina.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2021, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 7, 2021, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 10, 2021, by Charles Wright of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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