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Whittemore Elementary School in Conway, SC was opened in 1954 as an all-black South Carolina Equalization School, an attempt by the state of South Carolina to build a “separate but equal” school segregation system.
Students were previously serviced at Whittemore Training School, an all-black school providing grade school thru high school education, which later became Whittemore High School.
Many leaders of color attended Whittemore Elementary and Whittemore High School until 1970, when schools in Horry County were fully integrated.
Owned by the City of Conway, in 2017 plans were publicly announced to convert the building into a community center much to the excitement to many city residents and Whittemore graduates.
In 2021, the City of Conway has announced that over $500,000 of federal funds is being allocated for the demolishment of the school.
In March 2023, a fire destroyed the front portion of the building and the portion was demolished.
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