Bettis Academy

Bettis Academy (HM8AH)

Location: Trenton, SC 29847 Edgefield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.467', W 81° 51.567'

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19th Century Education for African Americans

Bettis Academy and Junior College, a private school for African Americans, was founded in 1881 by Rev. Alexander Bettis, a former slave who was taught to read by his owner's wife, but was never taught to write. A Baptist Minister, he established Bettis Academy based on religious principles and Christian character; and served as the school's president until his death on May 13, 1895.

Its beginning was a one-room frame structure with one teacher and a few students. In addition to its religious principles, the academy also emphasized teaching education and industrial training. The school was incorporated in 1889 and accredited as a junior college in 1933. When it closed in 1952, Bettis had 14 major buildings and some 350 acres of land.
HM NumberHM8AH
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: South Carolina Heritage Corridor series
Placed BySouth Carolina Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 420313 N 3724543
Decimal Degrees33.65778333, -81.85945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.467', W 81° 51.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 28.02" N, 81° 51' 34.02" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28 Nicholson Rd, Trenton SC 29847, US
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