Monteith School

Monteith School (HMO0R)

Location: Columbia, SC 29203 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 4.143', W 81° 0.226'

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This African-American school, built nearby before 1900, was originally New Hope School, a white school affiliated with Union Church. It closed about 1914. In 1921 Rachel Hull Monteith (d. 1958) opened Nelson School as a black public school in the Hyatt Park School District. With about 100 students in grades 1-5, it later became a 3-teacher school with Monteith as its principal and added grades 6 and 7.
(Reverse text)
Nelson School was renamed Monteith School in 1932 to honor Rachel Monteith. A civil rights activist, she was the mother of prominent civil rights activist Modjeska Monteith Simkins (1899-1992). By 1936 her daughter Rebecca (1911-1967) also taught here; she became principal when her mother retired in 1942. The Hyatt Park School District was annexed into the city in 1947, and the school closed in 1949. Moved here in 2003, it now serves as a community center.
HM NumberHMO0R
Marker Number40-163
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 499652 N 3769812
Decimal Degrees34.06905000, -81.00376667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 4.143', W 81° 0.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 4' 8.58" N, 81° 0' 13.56" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6600-6690 N Main St, Columbia SC 29203, US
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