City Directories and History: The Long Lane School images were taken in the 1920’s by Martha Fitzgerald of the S.C. Education Dept. and are housed at Winthrop University’s Pettus Archives.
A R&R Note: Small framed school with no air-conditioning, plumbing, or electricity dotted the rural landscape of S.C., serving predominately white students only. It would not be until the early 20th century that students of African American decent were offered better educational settings with such innovative programs as the Rosenwald School project initiative.
Many of these rural schools had one teacher, responsible for multiple levels and ages, who lived in the community or often boarded with a family in the area.
The Fitzgerald Collection is one of the earliest known collections of school images in S.C. and is a wonderful resource for showcasing the advancements in educational facilities but also the disparaging circumstances between both rural and urban school and those for white students and non-whites.
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