Kendall Institute

Kendall Institute (HMJL3)

Location: Sumter, SC 29150 Sumter County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 54.751', W 80° 20.382'

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(Front text)
Kendall Institute, founded on this site in 1891, was one of the first black schools in Sumter. It was funded by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The institute was named for Mrs. Julia B. Kendall, late wife of Rev. Henry Kendall, secretary of the Board of Missions 1870-1892. It emphasized academics for primary and secondary grades; some students boarded here in a girls' dormitory or a boys' cottage.
(Reverse text)
The pastors of the Second Presbyterian Church of Sumter were also principals of Kendall Institute: Revs. J.C. Watkins (1891-1903); A.U. Frierson (1903-1916); J.P. Foster (1916-1928); and J.P. Pogue (1928-1932). Under Foster's tenure the institute boasted 272 students in 1918 and added agricultural and industrial classes and athletics. It closed in 1932 after the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. stopped funding its Southern parochial schools during the Depression.
HM NumberHMJL3
Marker Number43-38
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe Sumter County Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 5:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 561040 N 3752652
Decimal Degrees33.91251667, -80.33970000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 54.751', W 80° 20.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 54' 45.06" N, 80° 20' 22.92" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Watkins St, Sumter SC 29150, US
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