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Beulah School

 
 
Beulah School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Beulah School Marker
Inscription. This two-room African-American school was likely built between 1922 and 1930 for students in grades 1-7. It had 50-100 students and an academic year of four to five months until 1939 and six to eight months afterwards. Janie Colclough and Brantley Singletary taught here from 1932 through 1946. Beulah School closed in 1952 and was merged into Mayesville Elementary School.
 
Erected 2008 by Beulah A.M.E. Church. (Marker Number 43-41.)
 
Location. 33° 57.729′ N, 80° 14.941′ W. Marker is in East Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is on 3175 Florence Highway (US 76), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located just north of Goza Road. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Mayesville Story (approx. 2.9 miles away); Concord Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); St. Paul African American Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Salem (Black River) Presbyterian Church
Beulah School Marker, looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2010
2. Beulah School Marker, looking west
(approx. 5.5 miles away); Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 5.5 miles away); Sumter Vietnam Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Henry L. Scarborough House (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Beulah School. Today, only the Bethel A.M.E. Church sits at the school site
 
Also see . . .  Google Street View. The school building can clearly be seen in the Google street view from December 2007. Notice that this is before the marker is placed. Presumably the building was still on the site when the marker was placed since it references the structure. It disappears sometime before the next street view images are taken in October 2012. (Submitted on October 30, 2014, by David Taylor of Darlington, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The building was razed.
After inquiring with the SC Dept of Archives and History about the building, I received this response from Ehren Foley, Ph.D. the Historical Marker Coordinator.

I spoke with the current pastor at Beulah and he says that some time before 2009, when he came to Beulah, the congregation made the decision to raze the building.
Beulah School Marker, looking eastward along Florence Highway (US 76) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 10, 2010
3. Beulah School Marker, looking eastward along Florence Highway (US 76)
Beulah A.M.E. Church , Marker's Sponsor, seen in background
They had tried to explore some funding options for restoration (I know there arenít many, certainly not from our office), but decided that the school was beyond repair. They did the marker in order to interpret the site before they took down the structure.
    — Submitted November 13, 2014, by David Taylor of Darlington, South Carolina.

 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 761 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 17, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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