HHI in the Modern Era series: African-American Schools


Rebekah Dobrasko

Rebekah Dobrasko

The Heritage Library and Coastal Discovery Museum will be hosting the 4th presentation of our Speakers’ Series, “Hilton Head Island in the Modern Era” on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Coligny Theater. Rebekah Dobrasko will be speaking on “Lowcountry African American Schools, 1920-1970.” There will be a 5:30 wine reception and 6:00 presentation. An optional fixed price dinner will be offered after the talk at Bomboras Grille, Coligny Plaza. For reservations call the library at 843-686-6560, or Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767, ext 223. Register online at http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/event-calendar/

Here are the details of the talk:

South Carolina’s African-American public schools suffered from unequal funding, short school years, and underpaid teachers. Yet these schools were cherished community places that served as meeting centers and social institutions in addition to educating generations of South Carolinians. This talk will highlight the unique history of African American schools in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, from the establishment of the Penn Center through the Rosenwald school building campaign, from “separate but equal” to “integration” in the 1970s. Learn about the social, political, and architectural histories of African American schools and efforts to preserve this history today.

Rebekah Dobrasko is currently a historian with the Texas Department of Transportation in Austin, Texas. Prior to her move west, she worked with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in Columbia for 10 years. She is a leading authority on the history of South Carolina’s equalization schools and has written articles, designed exhibits, and currently maintains a website dedicated to those schools and to education in South Carolina.

Linda Piekut
Executive Director
Heritage Library Foundation


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