Mather School History: African American Boarding School for Women in South Carolina

One of my most favorite places on earth is Beaufort, SC. It has so much rich African American history and culture. From the food to the art and Reconstruction history, Beaufort is a place I plan to retire and frequently visit. One of Beaufort’s most beautiful jewels is the Mather School. One of the original schools for freed slaves this school also served as an African American boarding school for women. Here are images of the beautiful campus and alumni of the school and I implore you to make a trip with your children and family to visit this beautiful area.

Mather School History: African American Boarding School for Women in South Carolina

Founded in 1867, The Mather School was one of the oldest boarding schools for black women in the country and drew students from across the United States, Africa, and Honduras.

Students at Mather received an interdisciplinary education. In addition to core academic subjects at Mather, students learned an appreciation for the arts; practiced the principles of proper etiquette at all times and was required to perform one service of assigned industrial work per day to assist in the maintenance of the school.

Bible Study and Christian education for leadership were emphasized in the training of all students. For example: Spiritual life was nurtured in daily devotional chapel periods; Bible classes in the daily schedule; church attendance every Sunday and vespers every Sunday evening were required.

In 1968, after 100 years of extraordinary quality education, this Reconstruction Era icon closed its doors. In 1970, The Mather School beecame known as the Beaufort Regional Training Center, which later joined the State Technical College System and eventually became Beaufort Technical College. In 1988, the name changed to the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Photos from Mather School’s Alumni and Associates Chapter-Lowcountry

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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