Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou



Great Branch Teacherage

Posted 5/10/2010 10:28:00 PM
Deep in the heart of rural Orangeburg County stands one of the only remaining cottages built for teachers who were committed to educating black children in the South.
The Great Branch Teacherage was built in 1924-25 as part of a campus that included a school, cannery, shop, storage building, well house and two other buildings. The Great Branch Campus was part of the Rosenwald initiative, organized by prominent African American orator/educator Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and president of Sears, to provide education to African Americans who, until that time, were largely educated in churches or people's homes. The teachers' home was built to house educators who worked on campus but who lived too far away to commute on a daily basis.
The Great Branch Teacherage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Two years later, the structure was restored. The teacherage is open to the public on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.greatbranchrosenwaldteacherage.com/ for additional details or call (803) 533-1828.