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Pryor Colored School — Chester, South Carolina


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This rural Chester schoolhouse stands on private property. Built in 1898 for African-American students in the community, it was likely supported by a church of the same name which has been lost to time. The school operated until 1956; during the 1950s, many schools consolidated, leaving small schoolhouses such as this one empty.

Pryor Colored School

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In order to stave off integration, South Carolina began building new schools for black students in 1951 that were known as “equalization” schools, though most were not equal to their white counterparts. Despite Brown vs. Board of Education, which in 1954 ordered schools to desegregate, most South Carolina schools did not actually desegregate until the 1960s and early 1970s.

Pryor Colored School

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

During the 1980s, a local family leased the land on which the school stands and grew fruit and corn on the property. The schoolhouse was used as a fruit stand to sell the family’s harvests. Today the school remains in the hands of private owners. The building and contents are well-maintained, appearing as though students could be called to class at any moment. The owners are actively looking to find a place to relocate the school so that it can continue to be preserved.

Pryor School Interior

Charles Payne of Rock Hill, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: Lancaster Highway, Chester, SC 29706
GPS Coordinates: 34.732720,-81.122765

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Address: Lancaster Highway, Chester, SC 29706
GPS Coordinates: 34.732720,-81.122765

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2 Comments about Pryor Colored School

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 15th, 2018 at 2:47 am

Wonderful to hear of a personal connection, we can only hope the same for this incredible place from our history. Do you have any memories of the place that stood out? How things ran, how many teachers there were, what your favorite subjects were or how the normal day went? It is so fascinating to hear the stories of these places that are closed now.

Marcella Johnson TorbitNo Gravatar says:
February 14th, 2018 at 5:11 am

I attended Pryor school through the 4th grade. At that time in 1956, it was closed. We began attending Southside Elementary School. It is my prayer that the school will continue to be preserved.




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