Blossom Street School / Celia Dial Saxon School

Blossom Street School / Celia Dial Saxon School (HMK2O)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 59.526', W 81° 1.966'

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Blossom Street School
Blossom Street School, at the corner of what was then Blossom & Gates (now Park) Streets, was built in 1898 as the first public school in Columbia south of Senate Street. A frame building, it was originally a school for white children. After it burned in 1915, a brick school was built here the next year. Blossom Street became a school for black children in Ward One in 1929 and was renamed Celia Dial Saxon School in 1930.

Celia Dial Saxon School
Blossom Street School was renamed to honor Celia Dial Saxon (1857-1935). Saxon was educated at the Normal School at the University of S.C. 1875-77, during Reconstruction. She taught in Columbia schools for 57 years and was a founder of the Wilkinson Orphanage, Wheatley YWCA, and Fairwold Industrial School. Saxon School closed in 1968 and was demolished in 1974 as a result of campus expansion by the University of S.C.
HM NumberHMK2O
Marker Number40-149
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Ward One Families Reunion Organization and the Historic Columbia Foundation
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 4:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 496973 N 3761280
Decimal Degrees33.99210000, -81.03276667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 59.526', W 81° 1.966'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 59' 31.56" N, 81° 1' 57.96" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1046 US-76 Connector, Columbia SC 29201, US
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