Due to disrepair, Jericho School was demolished sometime in 2016. The lot it stood on is now empty and overgrown.
This schoolhouse in rural Cottageville was built in the early part of the twentieth century to serve local black students during the Jim Crow era. Called Jericho School for the nearby Jericho Church (now Jericho United Methodist Church), which supported the school, the building originally sat on the church grounds. At some point, it was moved to its current site, where it operated for decades as a daycare center. The Jericho School closed in the early 1950s.
The school was likely built with funds from both the church and the community, as it was not one of Colleton County‘s Rosenwald Schools. Rosenwald Schools were schools built for African American students with partial funding from then-president of Sears and Roebuck, Julius Rosenwald. Schools established with the help of Rosenwald funding were typically rural Southern schools. Below is an historical photo of the Jericho School before it was moved.
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Frances Thomas says
Hi, I’m opening a restaurant in Cottageville and I am trying to collect some history and pics of the area to place inside my restaurant. I would like for my customers to be able see Cottageville back in the day and learn a little history. Can you help me or direct me to the right place?
SC Picture Project says
Hello! Great news about the restaurant – we wish you success and think it is a cool idea to incorporate local history into the decor. We can ask our photographers if they’d mind you using photos of the Jericho School featured here. As for other sources, we would definitely recommend reaching out to the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, they have great information! Their website is located here: https://cchaps.com/