Denmark in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Voorhees College, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897 as the Denmark Industrial School, was an effort to emphasize a vocational curriculum for rural African American students on the model of the Tuskegee Institute. The school, with funding from philanthropist Ralph Voorhees, was renamed Voorhees Industrial School for Colored Youth in 1904, Voorhees Normal and Industrial in 1916, and Voorhees School and Junior College in 1947.
Voorhees, supported by the Episcopal Church since 1924, changed its mission during the first half of the twentieth century and in 1962 became Voorhees College. In 1967 it became a senior liberal arts college. The historic portion of the campus was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Voorhees College Historic District.
Erected 1998 by Voorhees College. (Marker Number 5-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
Location. 33° 18.53′ N, 81° 7.858′ W. Marker is in Denmark, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is on East Voorhees Road (State Highway S-5-12) near Soloman Blatt Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denmark SC 29042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. AT&T Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Denmark Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pinewood Plantation (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bamberg County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bamberg (approx. 5.7 miles away); Carlisle Military School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Salem Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Holman's Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denmark.
Regarding Voorhees College. National Register of Historic Places :
Voorhees College Historic District ** (added 1982 - District - #82003830) •
Voorhees College Campus, Denmark
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Person
♦ Architect, builder,
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Historic Person: Wright, Elizabeth Evelyn
♦ Significant Year: 1904, 1929, 1897
♦ Area of Significance: Social History, Black, Education, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Education
♦ Historic Sub-function: School
♦ Current Function: Education
♦ Current Sub-function: College
Also see . . . Voorhees College Historic District. Voorhees College was founded in 1897 as Denmark Industrial School by Miss Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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