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QFF 2022-07-29
Posted on Jul 30th, 2022

 
 
 
 
                QUICK FACT FRIDAY
Ruby Middleton Forsythe
 
“Miss Ruby,” as she was affectionately known to her students, left a significant mark on education in Mount Pleasant and the Lowcountry at large. Ruby Middleston was born in Charleston in June 1905, and graduated from the Avery Institute in 1921 and South Carolina State College in 1924. For the first few years of her career Forsythe taught at Mount Pleasant’s Laing School, but after she married Episcopalian minister William Essex Forsythe in 1928 she started teaching at the one room school attached to the Faith Memorial Church on Pawley’s Island. At the time, this was the only school available to local Black students.
 
During her career Forsythe faced opposition from the Ku Klux Klan, who she later dismissed as “insecure.” She wrote in 1989 that “[Klan members] don’t feel that they will ever reach the height of some of their own people. And then they feel that some of the blacks will suppress them or surpass them in a way and that the opportunity some have they can’t get.” She was awarded four honorary doctorates for her work, and was posthumously inducted into the Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Forsythe passed away in Mount Pleasant in 1992, and is buried on Pawley’s Island. Her granddaughter, Vaudrien Forsythe Ray, carries on her legacy at Ruby’s Academy in Mount Pleasant. 
 
 
 
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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