Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Mt. Zion Society

Marker ID: SCHM 20-12
Location: Old Mt. Zion campus, Walnut Street, Winnsboro
County: Fairfield
Coordinates: N 34° 23.019    W 081° 5.022
  34.38365    -81.0837
Style: Free Standing **


A social and benevolent group dedicated to the promotion of education, the Mt. Zion Society was organized in January 1777 af Charleston, S.C. John Winn was its first president. By the 1780s the society had founded a school for boys in Winnsboro. Under the leadership of J. W. Hudson, Mt. Zion Institute became an important educational force in antebellum South Carolina. It became a public school about 1878.

Erected by Fairfield County Historical Society - 1970