Rock Hill in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Emmett Scott School
This school, founded in 1920, was the first public school for blacks in Rock Hill. Named for Emmett J. Scott (1873-1957), a prominent educator who was then secretary of Howard University, Emmett Scott School included all twelve grades until 1956 and was a junior high and high school from 1956 until South Carolina schools were desegregated in 1970. The original two-story frame school, built in 1920, was demolished in 1952.
This property is owned by the City of Rock Hill and has been a neighborhood recreation center since the school closed in 1970. Seven principals served the Emmett Scott School during its fifty-year existence:
Frank H. Neal 1920-1924
L. B. Moore 1924-1938
Ralph W. McGirt 1938-1959
W. H. Witherspoon 1959-1967
George Land 1967
Richard Boulware 1968
Samuel Foster 1969-1970
Erected 1996 by Emmett Scott Alumni and Affiliates. (Marker Number 46-27.)
Location. 34° 55.038′ N, 81° 2.298′ W. Marker is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on Crawford Road 0.1 miles south Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 Crawford Road, Rock Hill SC 29730, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clinton Junior College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Black Plantation / Hampton Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Andrew Jackson Hotel / Vernon Grant (approx. 0.9 miles away); Village of Rock Hill / City of Rock Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins / "Friendship Nine" (approx. 0.9 miles away); U.S. Post Office and Courthouse / Citizen's Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Presbyterian Church / Church Leaders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rock Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rock Hill Depots / Rock Hill Street Railway (approx. one mile away); Rock Hill Cotton Factory (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hill.
Also see . . . Blackpast.org. Brief biography and photo of Emmett Scott (Submitted on November 27, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,354 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.