Benedict College

Benedict College (HMZNR)

Location: Columbia, SC 29204 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.756', W 81° 1.312'

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Benedict College, founded in 1870 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to educate freedmen and their descendants, was originally called Benedict Institute. It was named for Stephen and Bathsheba Benedict of Rhode Island, whose bequest created the school. Mrs. Benedict donated money to buy land in Columbia for it. The institute was chartered as Benedict College in 1894. Its early presidents were all white Baptist ministers from the North.


By the time Dr. J.J. Starks became Benedict College's first black president in 1930, its curriculum included primary and secondary courses, college ~ level liberal arts courses, and courses in theology, nursing, and teaching. This curriculum was streamlined in the 1930s to emphasize the liberal arts and theology. Benedict College was also a significant center for civil rights activities in Columbia from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Marker Number40-147
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe Historic Columbia Foundation, The City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497980 N 3763553
Decimal Degrees34.01260000, -81.02186667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.756', W 81° 1.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 45.36" N, 81° 1' 18.72" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1602-1670 Harden St, Columbia SC 29204, US
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