Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Howard School Site

Marker ID: SCHM 40-111
Location: Laurel Street, just W of intersection of Laurel and Huger Streets, Columbia
County: Richland
Style: Free Standing **


Established after the Civil War, this public school for blacks was located at the NW corner of Hampton and Lincoln streets by 1869 and was partially supported by the Freedmen´s Bureau. It is said the school was named for Oliver O. Howard, commissioner of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands during Reconstruction. Moved here in 1924, Howard School was for many years the only public school for blacks in Columbia.

Erected by Howard School Community Club and the Arsenal Hill Concerned Citizens Club - I988