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QFF 2021-10-15
Posted on Oct 19th, 2021

                    Quick Fact Friday
The Snowden Community and School House
 
As we continue on our exploration of the settlement communities within Mount Pleasant, our subject today is the Snowden Community and its historical gem, the Snowden School House. Although Snowden is an unincorporated portion of Charleston County, it is surrounded by the neighborhoods and commercial areas of Mount Pleasant. Snowden is located around the area north of Long Point Road including Egypt Road, Community Road, and Snowden Road. Snowden is one of the oldest Gullah-Geechee communities formed after The Civil War by freed slaves. Its close proximity to the Wando River allowed residents to shrimp, crab and fish both for profit and personal use. Additionally, the newly-freed residents of Snowden set up their own farms increasing the area’s agricultural renown for crops such as figs, peaches, blueberries, watermelons, and pecans.
 
With the formulation of the Snowden community came the recognition of the need for education of the residents’ children, an important community value. In 1904, the community built a school house that is currently located on 4 acres behind the Waffle House near the entrance ramp to I526. The Snowden School House is the only remaining original African American school east of the Cooper. Although the school closed in 1953 following the opening of the Jennie Moore Elementary School, it was transformed into a residence and survived a fire in 2000 and numerous hurricanes. The School House is planned to undergo another transformation as a Cultural Center for the Snowden Community and will be moved to a location on Snowden Road and fully restored to its original condition.
 
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Annual Cresco Award. Official nomination forms are available on the Historical Commission page of the Town of Mount Pleasant's website. The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2021. The Award will be presented by the Historical Commission to the honoree at the Town Council meeting in December 2021.
 
 
 
 

The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place! To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kmiller@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
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