Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Fort Jackson Elementary School / Hood Street Elementary School



Marker ID: SCHM 
Location: Hood Street, Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC
County: Richland
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Style: Free Standing **
 



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FORT JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


Fort Jackson Elementary School was one of the first public schools in S.C. to desegregate when classes began on September 3, 1963. The first school on post and one of the first permanent buildings at Fort Jackson, it was built in only three months. A new federal policy required all schools on military bases to admit African-American students instead of sending them to separate schools off-base.

HOOD STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


This school opened under Principal Thomas Silvester with nine civilian teachers and 245 students in Grades 1-6. A newspaper article described it as “operated without regard to race, creed or color.” Fort Jackson Elementary School, later renamed Hood Street Elementary School after additional schools opened on post, has served the families of Fort Jackson servicemen and servicewomen for more than 45 years.

Erected by Fort Jackson, United States Army, 2009