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Keith School

1509 Clements Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29492

 

1980s photograph of the original Keith School building in disrepair. From ‘Behind God’s Back’: Gullah Memories by Herb Frazier.

The Keith School Museum, located on Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy, dates to 2006 and is a reconstruction of the c. 1926 Keith School built by and for residents of the rural, African American settlement communities of the Cainhoy-Wando area. The school provided educational opportunity to children from the Cainhoy Village and Jack Primus Communities for 30 years at the height of Jim Crow segregation and served as an important space for the development of community culture and identity. The original school building was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and ultimately demolished in the early 2000s. Today, the reconstructed museum continues to serve as an important space for community engagement and gatherings.

More information on the Keith School coming soon.

Click the images below to explore the Keith School gallery.

[1] Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, State of South Carolina, “South Carolina, U.S., Death Records, 1821-1969” (Ancestry.com, August 17, 1949), South Carolina death records, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, accessed June 2, 2021, https://search.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8741&h=711422&tid=&pid=&queryId=8b3e4a2f465e1f9f8cd476f004b93ee7&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DcA183&_phstart=successSource.; “Rebecca Keith Obituary,” Evening Post (Charleston, South Carolina, December 30, 1944).

[2] Andrew Miller, “Clements Ferry Road, from Native American Path and Revolutionary Route to Traffic Jams,” Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, February 26, 2021), accessed June 3, 2021, https://www.postandcourier.com/news/clements-ferry-road-from-native-american-path-and-revolutionary-route-to-traffic-jams/article_96404952-7616-11eb-92e7-139f5cbbf4bd.html.

[3] David Slade, “Community Center to Rise from Remains of School Site,” The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, January 18, 2006).

[4] Jessica Johnson, “Keith School Museum in Cainhoy Gets Donations from Book Proceeds,” The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, March 27, 2008).; David Slade, “Community Center to Rise from Remains of School Site,” The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, January 18, 2006).

[5] Fred Lincoln, “Keith School Site Visit,” interview by Danielle Cox, Anna-Catherine Carroll, and Erin Minnigan, June 9, 2021.

[6] Fred Lincoln, “Keith School Site Visit,” interview by Danielle Cox, Anna-Catherine Carroll, and Erin Minnigan, June 9, 2021.

[7] Herb Frazier and John W. Jones, “Behind God’s Back”: Gullah Memories: Cainhoy, Wando, Huger, Daniel Island, St. Thomas Island, South Carolina, 1st ed. (Charleston, S.C: Evening Post Books, 2011), 160.; Jessica Johnson, “Keith School Museum in Cainhoy Gets Donations from Book Proceeds,” The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina, March 27, 2008).

[8] Elizabeth Bush, “Daughter of Keith School Founder Visits Site’s Museum for the First Time,” Daniel Island News (Daniel Island, SC, August 7, 2019), sec. News, accessed June 3, 2021, http://thedanielislandnews.com/news/daughter-keith-school-founder-visits-sites-museum-first-time.

[9] Fred Lincoln, “Keith School Site Visit,” interview by Danielle Cox, Anna-Catherine Carroll, and Erin Minnigan, June 9, 2021.

[10] Jon Hale, Clerc Cooper, and Millicent Brown, “Somebody Had To Do It: First Children in School Desegregation,” Online Exhibit, Lowcountry Digital Library, n.d., accessed June 24, 2021, https://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/somebody_had_to_do_it/struggle_for_equal_ed/delaying_desegregation.

[11] Jon Hale, Clerc Cooper, and Millicent Brown, “Somebody Had To Do It: First Children in School Desegregation,” Online Exhibit, Lowcountry Digital Library, n.d., accessed June 24, 2021, https://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/somebody_had_to_do_it/struggle_for_equal_ed.

[12] Katie Estabrook, “Cainhoy Elementary School: Then and Now,” Daniel Island News (Daniel Island, SC, March 7, 2018), accessed June 3, 2021, http://thedanielislandnews.com/news/cainhoy-elementary-school-then-and-now.; Chen-Su Chen, Cainhoy Elementary, Data File, Common Core of Data (National Center for Education Statistics, July 7, 2020), accessed June 24, 2021, https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&InstName=cainhoy+elementary&SchoolType=1&SchoolType=2&SchoolType=3&SchoolType=4&SpecificSchlTypes=all&IncGrade=-1&LoGrade=-1&HiGrade=-1&ID=450117000156.