First integrated school in S.C. recognized with state historical marker

St. Anne’s Parochial School in Rock Hill to be honored

ROCK HILL, SC – St. Anne’s Parochial School in Rock Hill was the first school in South Carolina to integrate. The school was founded in 1951 and in 1954, five students from St. Mary’s, a predominantly African-American Catholic church in Rock Hill, were enrolled.

The school, now known as St. Anne School, will be commemorated with a state historical marker at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the school’s previous facility, 648 S. Jones Ave. in Rock Hill.

Students from St. Anne School will sing the Lord’s Prayer and other selections. Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols, York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz, Father William Pentis and Brother David Boone will be among the speakers participating in the program.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the unveiling of the historical marker.

The St. Anne’s Parochial School Historical Marker was erected by the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, St. Anne School and The Hands of Mercy, Inc.

Historical Marker dedication ceremony
11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26
648 S. Jones Ave., Rock Hill, SC, 29730

The Culture & Heritage Museums are managed by the York County Culture and Heritage Commission (CHC), chartered in 1997 by the York County, South Carolina, Council. The Culture and Heritage Foundation supports the CHC, its museums and the future museum being developed on the Catawba River at I-77.