Hampton Colored School – Hampton, South Carolina


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This simple school house in Hampton was built in 1929 to serve local African-American students. The first black school in Hampton was built in 1898, and by 1927 the school board had purchased an acre of land to build a much-needed new school. Three other citizens, including the carpenter who would build this school, bought three additional acres and donated it for the new school in 1929.

Hampton Colored School

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Once enough land was secured for the new school, Ervin Johnson, an African-American carpenter, constructed the frame building with help from local black volunteers. The school served students only through the eighth grade, which was common prior to integration because the state allocated scarce funding for black high schools. Also, the school operated for fewer months than neighboring white schools – only October through March – as funding did not exist to carry black students through an entire school year. The community eventually raised enough money for students to attend for the length of a typical school year. When Hampton Colored High School was built in 1947, this school became its cafeteria. Today it functions as a museum concentrating on African-American history in Hampton County.

The Hampton Colored School is listed in the National Register, which says the following:

The Hampton Colored School is significant both as an intact example of twentieth century vernacular school architecture and for its association with black education in Hampton from 1929 to 1947. The building is a one-story, front-gable, rectangular, frame building with clapboard siding, tin roof, exposed rafters, and a brick pier foundation. Ervin Johnson, a local black carpenter, built the school in 1929. It replaced the first black school in Hampton, a two-room building which had operated since 1898. The school board bought a one-acre site for the new school in 1927, and two years later Johnson, along with C.H. Hazel and Hallie Youmans, bought an additional three acres and donated them to the school.

Johnson built the two-room (later three-room) school with volunteers from Hampton’s black community. When the school opened for the 1929-1930 school year, it served students from first through eighth grade. Initially funds were so scarce that the school only operated from October to March. Donations from the black community eventually made it possible to operate the school for a full academic year. It remained the only black school in Hampton until 1947, when Hampton Colored High School was built and the Hampton Colored School became the lunchroom for the high school.



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Address: Holly Street, Hampton, SC 29924

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4 Comments about Hampton Colored School

ALICE BEST TOLANNo Gravatar says:
June 15th, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I attend Gifford Elementary School in Gifford, SC, in 1958 which was the last year it was open. We just recently had a reunion and students returned from across the US. The school still stands, in fact its right across the street from my childhood home. What a great time we had plus we have 1 surviving teacher still living. How great

Henry Young JrNo Gravatar says:
December 11th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I attended Hampton High School for grades 8th through 12th, graduating in 1953. Prior to that I graduated from grammar school at Mount Pleasant in Miley, SC. After graduating from Mt. Pleasant, we had to trek to Hampton by car pool (seven of us). We were later issued two passenger buses by the state of SC to transport graduating classes from grammar schools in Miley and surrounding areas to Brunson and Hampton, SC, traveling approximately 52 miles, round trip. Those were the days! As I look back, it was all good. I am now a retired Federal Officer and resides in Brooklyn, NY. I am glad I had that exposure.

gloria richardsonNo Gravatar says:
August 8th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I would like to know is the school open to the public, and what time is it open? Thank you.

RobinNo Gravatar says:
April 24th, 2014 at 11:28 am

This and your other pages about black schools and churches help show how these communities raised themselves up. Who ever heard of families contributing their very scarce and hard-won resources to build a school for their children or pay a teacher’s salary? It is hard to imagine that today, when we often take things for granted. I think it’s very beautiful, how these families worked together, even though so they had so little help from the government or anyone else.





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