City Directories and History: 1908 – St. Paul’s Episcopal Mission and School, Rev. R.M. Marshall – Rector, 1922 – Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
See misc. pages on R&R dealing with extensive African American businesses under topics such as barber, pool hall, restaurant, etc. Saint Paul’s school was a major institute of higher learning for African American children, who didn’t have local public schools to attend. The building has reportedly been demolished during urban renewal efforts in the late 1960’s and was described as a handsome stone structure. Also see the Urban Renewal image for a 1950’s look at the area.
The Herald reported on Sept. 5th, 1896 – “J. H. Parker has been employed as teacher at St. Paul’s, a color Episcopal Mission School.”
The Herald reported on Jan. 31, 1899 – “St. Paul’s for colored people, under the Episcopal Church has done a good work through its day school for ten years or more. This years enrollment is 70. They have built a carpenter’s shop to train boys in that business. W.F. Clarke is the teacher and a trained joiner.”
From the Rock Hill Herald, December 2, 1896: A Report on the Colored Schools
Friendship Institute: This school has 150 pupils. This is a Baptist institution with Rev. W. M. Murray, Rev. M. P. Hull, and Mrs. E. C. Murray in charge. They have a large two-story school house in the rear of the new Baptist Church in the extreme western part of the city.
St. Paul’s: A mission Episcopal school is presided over by J. Parker. This school has about 50 pupils and is situated near the residence of Capt. L. M. Davis.
Clinton Institute: This is a large boarding and home school under Methodist control. The school is about a mile south of town on the Chester road. The furniture and fixtures are of the latest pattern. R. J. Crockett, M. D. Lee, and Mrs. Perry Walker compose the faculty. The enrollment is about 45.
Hermon Presbyterian School: This school is situated in the grove opposite the Globe Mill. Rev. and Mrs. C. M. Young conduct the school. The enrollment is about 95.
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