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Angelus School — Jefferson, South Carolina


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This brick structure in the town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County depicts the Angelus School. The school served grades first through twelfth. According to several newspaper articles the school was under the direction of Principal Claude Ralph Griffin for many years.

Angelus School

Donna Edgeworth of Scranton, 1990s © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This rural area is technically in the town of Jefferson, but locals refer to it as Macedonia-Angelus. While we have not found specific dates yet, the school operated sometime into the 1950s. Often times throughout South Carolina, and other states, these school buildings no longer were used when districts consolidated leaving the buildings vacant.

Old Angelus School

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Chesterfield County was one of three pilot counties under the direction of President Eisenhower’s Committee for Rural Development Program. This program was designed for the Federal Government, local governments, private agencies and individuals to work together to develop a series of actions to identify the needs of low-income people in rural areas to help them achieve “greater rewards for their contributions to national progress.”

Angelus was the first community in the county to organize monthly meetings under this act. Following this program gave the once vacant building a new purpose by allowing it to serve as the new community center. Also of note, in a newspaper article found in Florence Morning News on May 9, 1960 it is stated that “Last year, Angelus converted a school building into a cotton warehouse. This was approved by the South Carolina Commission of Agriculture and Commodity Credit Corporation for storing hay under the A and B plan. As this warehouse can accommodate 1,000 bales of cotton, this is a service to individual cotton growers, providing them a place for storing and selling cotton.”

Angelus School

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

At the time of these haunting photos, taken by Jim Jenkins, only the ruins of the old school remained. A fire ripped through the building on the morning of December 1, 2013 leaving behind little more than a shell of what once was. Authorities were unsure of what caused the fire but reported that the building had been irreparably destroyed. Photographer and contributor William Thursby has let us know that the land was being cleared and only small portions of these ruins remain as of 2017.

Angelus School Ruins

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

We are looking for more information on the old school. If you have a story about Macedonia-Angelus or these buildings in particular, please send it to the South Carolina Picture Project so we can add it to this page. Thank you!

Angelus School Gymnasium


Standing beside the schoolhouse was the old gymnasium. Standing two-and-one-half stories tall, this frame structure was the home to many school sporting events over the years. Miraculously, the fire did not spread to the gymnasium making it the only original structure left on the property.

Angelus School Gym

Theresa Borgeson of Conway, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Angelus School Ruins

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Angelus Gym Interior

Barry Waddell of Chesterfield, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Angelus Gym Interior

Barry Waddell of Chesterfield, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Angelus Gym Interior

Barry Waddell of Chesterfield, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Historic Pictures of Angelus School


Angelus School Historic

Courtesy of SC Department of Archives and History, 1940s

Angelus Gym Historic

Courtesy of SC Department of Archives and History, 1940s

Reflections on the Angelus School


Valued contributor Jim Jenkins, who took several of the above photos in 2014, shares the following about Angelus School:

One of the buildings still standing was an old gym. I played basketball in this gym as a visitor in the early 1950s. Most every community in Chesterfield County that had a high school had a basketball team. The gym at Angelus is the only wooden gym I can recall. I knew the wooden gym was still standing when I passed by years ago, but I was surprised to find it still there on Monday.

Angelus School Gym

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The community is called Macedonia-Angelus today. My mother’s family lived in that area when they were growing up, and the younger members of the family attended Angelus School. I believe the building that burned was a newer building than the one my mother’s family attended. The area serves as a recreation site today, and you can see ballfields behind the school that burned.

Macedonia Angelus Center

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


Angelus School Info


Address: 1859 Macedonia-Angelus Road, Jefferson, SC 29718
GPS Coordinates: 34.591877,-80.335140


Angelus School Map





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5 Comments about Angelus School

CharlesNo Gravatar says:
July 26th, 2017 at 11:48 am

I loved this place when it was run by Pete Cato and referred to as “the hop” for dances on Saturday nights for many years. Pete kept a good place and any trouble makers were banned from the place. He told the cops to stay away from the place and he would handle problems, which he did. He told them “if I need you I will call you.” It would be good if the gym part could be rebuilt and made into a community center again for people to come to and have dances.

Alice HortonNo Gravatar says:
December 12th, 2016 at 6:34 pm

The Angelus Community Club are looking for way to preserve the old Gym. We maintain the community building this building is used for community affairs. The Gym in Angelus has a great historic value. All the research that I have done state that this was the first school Gym in South Carolina. The Gym was constructed from wood from of the 3 school that were torn down when the schools were consolidated to form Angelus School in 1928. The Gym was built by the WPA. This is recorded in the archives at McBee library. We would like for anyone who could give us some ideas on how to preserve this building.
Thanks Alice Horton

Marceline (Mack) Edgeworth AllenNo Gravatar says:
February 18th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I attended school there from 1945 until 1953 when we were consolidated with McBee. I played on the playgrounds; softball; basketball, horseshoes and anything else we could find to do. The school was bigger than life when we were kids and we formed many lasting friendships over the years. Was sad to see the buildings burned out. If those walls could talk!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
December 8th, 2014 at 9:06 am

That would be wonderful!

george byrd,jrNo Gravatar says:
December 5th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I have pictures of the class of the class of 1925 and misc. sports teams. The senior class was composed of five(5) members. I hope to email these along with other area pictures soon. George Byrd, Jr.




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