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Historic Mount Pleasant schoolhouse moved to new location in Snowden community

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 6:04 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 7:54 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - A slow but steady process to relocate a historic schoolhouse in Mount Pleasant to a new location a mile away is complete.

It took approximately two-and-a-half hours to transport the Long Point Road School House, one of the last remaining Jim Crow buildings in South Carolina and the last African American school east of the Cooper, to its permanent home on Snowden Road.

A developer brought the property the school currently sits on but said it would allow the Snowden Community time to move the building to preserve it.

Plans call for the former school to be transformed into a cultural education center.

Crews started around 9 a.m. Friday morning, moving the over 100 year-old school.

Freddie Jenkins is on the town’s board for the African American Settlement Community Historic Commission.

“It’s exciting to know that the school my mother went to is being preserved,” he said.

The school was built back in 1904 and Jenkins says the goal now is for it to become a cultural education center.

“That means we’re going to teach the culture of the Africans who came to America so we can know the past,” Jenkins said. “So the young people can know their past so they can move forward with the future.”

Jenkins says his mother who passed away a few years ago attended the Long Point school up through the 6th grade.

Around the 1950′s he says it became a house where people lived.

He says some remodeling work is expected to be done on the schoolhouse before it starts hosting people.

Mary P. Lawerence, a former Long Point Road School House student said in 2018 that having the schoolhouse restored would bring opportunities to teach future generations about the past.

The College of Charleston said the building dates back to the 1920s and called it a “rare survivor of a pre-integration school in the Jim Crow era.”

That remodeling work is expected to take about six months once it begins.

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