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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
Location. 33° 39.467′ N, 81° 51.567′ W. Marker is in Trenton, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Nicholson Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the parking lot to the right of Biddle Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton SC 29847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker 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, a former slave, the Bettis Academy was established as a school for African-Americans at a time when educational opportunities for blacks were practically nonexistent. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Mount Canaan Association. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. 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.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.