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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jenkins Orphanage

 
 
Jenkins Orphanage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2011
1. Jenkins Orphanage Marker
Inscription. In 1891 the Reverend Daniel J. Jenkins established a home and school for poor, black orphans and for children of poor, distressed and disabled parents. It was his desire "to train the minds and hands of young, black boys and girls so that they could better equip themselves to be productive." Originally located at 660 King Street, in 1885 it was removed here to the Marine Hospital to make space for an enrollment that soon reached 536.
During its history the orphange operated a 100 acre farm, a print shop and a shoe repair shop. It became most famous for the display of musical talent in the orphanage bands that travelled throughout the country.
Today Jenkins Orphange is located on Azalea Drive in North Charleston.
 
Location. 32° 46.679′ N, 79° 56.25′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Franklin Street near Poulnot Lane, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Franklin Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Marine Hospital (here, next to this marker); United States Marine Hospital (a few steps from this marker); First Medical College of South Carolina Site
Jenkins Orphanage Marker, lower image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2011
2. Jenkins Orphanage Marker, lower
Shares location with Historic Marine Hospital marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fielding Home for Funerals (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moore-Trapman-Wragg House (about 800 feet away); Pollitzer House (about 800 feet away); Philip Porcher House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cooper - O'Conner House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding Jenkins Orphanage. Since 1937 North Charleston has the campus of the Jenkins Orphanage, established in Charleston in 1891 by Rev. Daniel Joseph Jenkins (1862-1937). Jenkins, a Baptist minister, founded this orphanage for African American children with aid from the city. Housed in the old Marine Hospital on Franklin Street downtown 1891-1937, it also included an institute to teach and train children between the ages of 3 and 20. More than 500 lived there by 1896.
The Jenkins Orphanage Band played concerts across the U.S. and Europe for more than 30 years to help fund the orphanage. The band, taught by Hatsie Logan and Eugene Mikell, is prominent in the early history of jazz; alumni Cat Anderson, Freddie Green, and Jabbo Smith played
Jenkins Orphanage , Old Marine Hospital, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2011
3. Jenkins Orphanage , Old Marine Hospital, as mentioned
for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. The orphanage moved to Azalea Drive, North Charleston, in 1937, and its offices and dorms were built by the City of Charleston. Those historic buildings burned in the 1980s. (The Daniel Joseph Jenkins Institute for Children, a program of the Orphan Aid Society, Inc.)
 
Also see . . .
1. The Daniel Joseph Jenkins Institute for Children, previously known as Jenkins Orphanage,. ... The Orphange was chartered in July of 1892 by the State of South Carolina with the mission of providing a safe, secure, loving home environment for orphans and destitute boys and girls in need. ... (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Jenkins Orphanage, Wikipedia entry. The Jenkins Orphanage Band, wearing discarded Citadel uniforms, performed throughout the United States and even toured England raising money for the support of the orphanage. It played in inaugural parades of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. ... (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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