Seneca Institute / Seneca Junior College

Seneca Institute / Seneca Junior College (HMI5Y)

Location: Seneca, SC 29678 Oconee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 40.838', W 82° 57.571'

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Seneca Institute
The Seneca Institute (later Seneca Junior College) educated African American children of this region from 1899 to 1939. It was founded and sponsored by the Seneca River Baptist Association, which in 1898 acquired eight acres here. The first home of Seneca Institute, a frame three-room building, was built in 1899. Its first principal, Dr. John Jacob Starks (d. 1944), served here 1899-1912 before serving as president of Morris College and then Benedict College.

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Seneca Junior College
Seneca Institute taught academic courses to primary and secondary students and industrial courses as well to secondary students. Its campus featured a two-story frame classroom building, a two-story frame boys' dormitory, and a two-story brick girls' dormitory and chapel. Though it expanded its curriculum to become Seneca Junior College in 1930, it struggled through the Depression and finally closed in 1939.
HM NumberHMI5Y
Marker Number37-8
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe Oconee County African American Heritage Committee
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 4:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 320486 N 3839374
Decimal Degrees34.68063333, -82.95951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 40.838', W 82° 57.571'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 40' 50.28" N, 82° 57' 34.26" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 224-296 S Poplar St, Seneca SC 29678, US
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