Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Kendall Institute

Marker ID: SCHM 43-38
Location: on Watkins St between Pogue Ln and S Harvin St.
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 54.752    W 080° 20.377
  33.91253333    -80.33961666
Style: Free Standing **


Kendall Institute, founded on this site in 1891, was one of the first black schools in Sumter. It was funded by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The institute was named for Mrs. Julia B. Kendall, late wife of Rev. Henry Kendall, secretary of the Board of Missions 1870-1892. It emphasized academics for primary and secondary grades; some students boarded here in a girls´ dormitory or a boys´ cottage.

The pastors of the Second Presbyterian Church of Sumter were also principals of Kendall Institute: Revs. J.C. Watkins (1891-1903); A.U. Frierson (1903-1916); J.P. Foster (1916-1928); and J.P. Pogue (1928-1932). Under Foster´s tenure the institute boasted 272 students in 1918 and added agricultural and industrial classes and athletics. It closed in 1932 after the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. stopped funding its Southern parochial schools during the Depression.

Erected by the Sumter County Historical Commission, 2006